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My 5-min. sketch of instructor Susan Cornelis, who posed for the class at the end of our weekend Quick Sketching workshop in Sebastopol, April 29-30. Only 1 or 2 min. for very rough, multiple pencil lines to capture gesture & big shapes — looking for negative space such as the triangle created by her arm. You can see the stray pencil lines remaining — no time, and no need to erase. Another minute to go over the lines I want to emphasize, using waterproof ink (Staedtler pen). Then just a minute to add a dash of color and shading. This sketch was done in Holbein Multi-Drawing book size 6 x 9″. These are handy spiral-bound books ideal for ink-and-watercolor sketching, such as on travels. See Susan’s site at Susan Cornelis.com
Recently enjoyed a sketching workshop in Sebastopol, Calf., taught by Susan Cornelis. I highly recommend her, especially if you are new to sketching. This workshop focused on having a sketch kit that you can easily carry, and being ready to sketch anytime, anywhere. She provided tips for sketching in public — being observant, but non-intrusive. She pointed out most people are preoccupied with their own digital devices or conversations, and if they do happen to notice you sketching, they will probably be curious and friendly. You only need a few things for a set-up that is portable and easily accessible. Her philosophy is to get out there and sketch! — whether you’re on vacation, at a café, or just waiting for an appointment. Here is the work I completed that day:
Sketched in Green Turtle Cay, The Bahamas. Chicken in brush by roadside, and sketch from memory after snorkeling in Coco Bay.