Posted on March 16, 2016 by Jean Mackay / Drawn In
I’m excited to share that I have a workshop coming up in April:
Hand Lettering for Sketchers
Sunday, April 10, 2016 • 1-3pm
Clinton Art Gallery, 20 East Main St., Clinton, Connecticut
Visit the Workshops page for details!
Category: Journal Tags: workshops
I wish I lived near – if you ever have an online course, I am IN !!!
I haven’t ventured into the online course realm, but I’ll let you know if I do.
beautiful lilacs (K)
Lilacs and lettering are stunningly beautiful. Wish I could make it.
I’ll offer a private lesson next summer if you like! Hope all is well– can’t wait for Hog Is!
Are you selling the Lilacs as a print ? 🙂
Hi Janice- This is a page from my journal and you’ll see that the “gutter” of the page is visible. It’s also not a standard size, which makes it a little challenging to print and frame. I can make it available, but you would have to do some trimming and/or custom framing.
Are you selling the Lilac painting as a print ? 🙂
This is a page from my journal and you’ll see that the “gutter” of the page is visible. It’s also not a standard size, which makes it a little challenging to print and frame. I can make it available as an 8×10, but you would have to do some trimming and/or custom framing. I’ll have to redo it sometime on a standard sheet– maybe when this year’s lilacs bloom.
I will also second an online class if you ever do one.
I think you would be great on ‘Craftsy’!
Their classes are very professionally produced.
Just an idea……
I third an online class! I just love your work, and I often wish I knew how you created something. Like the lilacs above–they’re detailed, yet not fussy at all. I tend to get fussy, which makes my sketches look stiff. Yours are so full of life! I would welcome the chance to be one of your students.
Thank you Susan! You can always feel free to ask a question in the comments or send an email if you want to know more about how I did something. I don’t always write about the process because I think I have a lot of followers who are not artists, and sometimes I might end up saying the same thing over and over. I work outside a lot and I often have time limits– I wonder if that keeps me from getting too fussy (which can happen to me, too!). Do you work from photos or from life?
Hi, Jean! I just saw your response. Right now, I sketch mostly from my own photos, unless I’m sketching an object inside my home. I would love to work more from nature, but I haven’t developed the confidence to sketch in public or alone in a park or woods–I haven’t been keeping a journal for very long. I do have a lilac bush, though, and your sketch here has inspired me to try painting it again, only this time with less fuss than in the past.
Sounds like a plan. Lilacs are super detailed, so it’s easy to get fussy. On the other hand, it may be good practice for getting detailed in some places and just suggesting flowers in others. One thing you might try is to sketch directly in pen. Keep your lines loose and don’t worry about being too precise. Pencil and eraser will tend to make you worry more about accuracy and break the flow of a loose drawing. Then you can add watercolor over the ink. When you try it, don’t think about making something great, just get a feel for the process and see if you like it. After a few attempts, you can strive for making something you like. Have fun!
Thank you for the suggestions, Jean! I’ll give it a go!
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