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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Reveiw - first week of Sketchbook skool


I did the first semester of this SBS and thought that it was okay. Some teachers were really good as they put a lot of content in their lessons.
The Ruzuku site had a lot of maintenance problems and there were just too many students.
Even now I had difficulty uploading an image so I just posted a link to my homework.
These lessons are really for absolute beginners in my opinion but those more advanced may enjoy sketching along with a group and making new friends.
This year they have  split the members into two groups making it more 'manageable'.

The school is very popular with fans of Danny Gregory and there is a big following especially in the FB group and it feels kind of cliche so I decided that the FB group wasn't for me. My interest is mainly learning new techniques, experiencing new styles and critique that allows us to grow artistically.

I was notified by email that someone bought me a class for second semester. Some kind soul decided that they wanted to gift me something and I was very touched. Bless them!

I chose the 'seeing' class because it has some great teachers in there like Cathy Johnson and Brenda Swenson. I can't wait for their classes to start!
The first lesson is by Danny Gregory. He also did the first lesson in the first semester, too as did Koosje. I would have liked to have experienced other teachers in their place since I had them in Semester one. His first three videos were mostly talking and one of those seemed like a biology lesson about human optics. I did not enjoy them much and would rather have watched Danny, sketch one of his fantastic   portraits from start to finish . There is a video that all of the teachers do where they film their great collection of works.

On the 5th video we finally get to watch Danny sketch and our assignment is to sketch a piece of tosted bread, noticing all the details and how the shapes relate. It is actually quite difficult to do but the idea is to make us notice and see details in objects. His demonstration is about 5 minutes or so long.
There is a second video that is longer and he demostrated another detailed sketch that slightly varies from the first sketching demo but we get to see this one from start to finish. I really enjoy watching this guy work and seeing his journal sketches but I just wish that there was more of that . 

FEEDBACK from Danny or lack of! I have been reading through the comments section and seeing responses from one of the administrators 'sketchbook skool', with general responses like ' well done!' and 'keep it up '!  I have only seen feedback from students in the Gallery so far and not from the instructor.  He seems to have gone AWOL?   I understand that this is a re- run class and there is a pdf with Q&A but still, it would be nice to feel the instructor's presence.
Here is the reply from Sketchbook Skool:

Hi  As you know SBS is a self led course but if you have any specific questions you want to ask me, please email me.  Meanwhile, I'm sure your fellow students have lots of encouragement to offer.


Again, I did not think there was much content in his lesson especially when you compare it to Roz Stendahl's from last year.  That woman is a walking art encyclopedia! She is a great and inspiring teacher who gives you her all and then some. Her blog is so informative!
I realize that many will disagree with my comments but being popular does not interest me :) Neither  is my review negative but rather it is honest as it should be.


Here is my homework for the toast lesson:

This was done in a Moleskine sketching book using pen, markers and watercolours.



Friday, 15 August 2014

NEW SOCIETY6 STORE

I HAVE OPENED A STORE IN SOCIETY6 JUST YESTERDAY AND ALREADY MADE TWO SALES :)
WOOHOO-JUMPIN' JELLY BEANS!

THE PROFIT MARGIN IS VERY LOW BUT IT IS A START AND IT'S NICE TO HAVE YOUR WORK APPRECIATED AND SENT OUT INTO THE WORLD.

WHY DON'T YOU GO OVER AND HAVE A LOOK AT MY STORE  MAYBE YOU'D LIKE TO BUY SOMETHING?

PALMA REA SOCIETY6





Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Goodbye, Jorge




Many of you who read this may not know about the passing of Jorge Royan, who was the creator and mind behind Facebook's Sketchingworkshop Group. He was only 60 years old and he died on 8th of August 2014. 
Being a member of his groups We were asked to draw a portrait of him or paint flowers and all of these works will be collected and made into a memorial book that will be sent to his  family.
I didn't know him that long but his presence was strong and he was very intense and passionate . Sometimes you make better connections with people that you hardly know than those who've been around for as long as you can remember.
I felt the sadness and shock of the other members quite strongly and I guess that is why this affected me more than I expected it to. Maybe it's because I got the impression that this person really enjoyed living his life  and constantly pushed for the best, and that it should not have been his time  to go. He had my respect .

Here are my contributions 


Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Sketchworks collection video

I made a video with the help of iMovie. I have never used this application before and it's quite good.
I had forgotton how time consuming it is to make a video, editing it and them waiting to upload it onto Vimeo.  I swear that each time I upload something onto Vimeo it takes longer and longer! Is it just me?

Anyway, I had to get out my 'grumble grumble'. I come from a long line of grumblers and mine is a very mild case compared to others on the same line who have such acute cases that it has made them obtuse...but that's another story :P

ENJOY! xoxox

The Sketchworks by Palma Rea from PalmaRea on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Teabag sketching tutorial




Sketching on used teabags and preparing them is fairly simple and quick to do.
I have been experimenting with sketching on them after sticking them down in my journal which is an old book first printed in the seventies. It's actually a very young book since it was printed in the same year  that I was born ;) 
I do not prime my pages but you can if you want to. If you are thinking of using a book to journal in then my advise would be to test a few pages with different mediums to see how the paper handles them especially if you intend to saturate them with watercolour washes.

You can use most teabags but I just happened to have folded ones that look like these:
  
After you have used your teabag , put it in a warm place or out in the sun to dry out. This should take a couple of days depending on the temperature.

Step 1: unfold the bag from it's original state and carefully open it at one end.

Step 2: empty the dried tea into the soil of a plant or in your garden. It makes good feed.

Step 3: Now you have your bag ready to sketch on. No need to iron it out unless you want to.

Step 4: This is a picture of a typical square teabag. Follow previous steps but use a pair of scissors to open the bag on three of its side. You should have a nice rectangle shape to work with.

Step 5:  I used a simple glue stick to adhere my teabag to my book page. It works fine for my paper but I have not tried it on watercolour paper yet. I like this glue because when my teabag gets damp from using watercolour and it can unstick around the edges. This gives me the option to play with the edges.  If your bag un glues itself  just go around the edges with the stick and stick it down again. An alternative to the glue stick would be a very light coating of PVA glue.

Step 6: This is what the bag looks like when stuck down.  You will see that it has a nice aged look and that is because my teabag contained a black tea blend which creates a darker stain. 
I also like the subtle stains created by Green Teas and herbal mixes. I work with whatever colour the bag is stained.

To prevent bleeding occurring on the bag I used pigment line markers to sketch on them or a fountain pen with a fine nib filled with Noodler's Bulletproof black ink. These do not seem to run or bleed. 
Carbon ink should also work although I have not tried it or India ink using a dip pen.


In the above photo are the pens that I use to sketch with that do not seem to bleed whilst sketching on the bags. From the left : Staedtler pigment liner, Pentel brush pen, Artline Pigment liner, Zig Millennium pen and a Uni ball micro pen.

I am considering teaching this technique on an online class when I figure out how to set one up and depending on interest as this will take a lot of preparation and video editing. Included will be demonstrations on how I finish and start my pages, the techniques that I apply and materials that I use.

Happy creating!
 

 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

TEABAG ART IN YE OLD BOOK

THESE ARE  A FEW PAGES FROM MY OLD BOOK TURNED INTO A SKETCHING JOURNAL.

I HAVE BEEN USING USED TEABAG TO SKETCH ON AND THEN INCORPORATING THEM IN MY JOURNALING.
HOW? SIMPLY DRY OUT A USED TEABAG, EMPTY THE CONTENTS AND START SKETCHING ON THE BAG! SIMPLE AND EASY.




Sunday, 18 May 2014

everyday Matters 360 day challenge

Yes, you read that right!
This drawing challenge stems from Danny Gregory's book, Everyday Matters, which I do not own. On his Facebook group (with the same title), there is a list with 360 things and you are to draw a specific thing for each day.
I very much doubt that i will finish the list but I will try, Sketchbook Skool , has finished but inspiration continues in the Closed Facebook group. It was a fun semester and a nice experience. I was inspired to draw with a pen, actually draw something decent with coloured pencils, draw animals, learn to use borders and get to be a student of Tommy Kane, who has been given the title by his students of being the 'Krosshatch King'! I have always wondered how he did his sketches and he was generous to let us in all of his secrets.

Here are some of my daily sketches for the EDM challenge that will hopefully improve my drawing skills of non animate objects. The first photo is of Jutta, for Julia Kay's Portrait Party on Flickr group , in ball point pen:

EDM1

EDM2

EDM3

EDM4


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