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Its been a couple of months since my last post. It hasn’t been because of lack of projects. The new semester at UNLV started in january. Apart from my graphic design classes, I’m also taking another painting class, a life drawing class (which I’m really excited about) and an art history class focusing on art since 1945. I admit I’m not a huge fan of most contemporary art styles but I do enjoy learning why artists do the things they do.

Anyway, here are the rest of the paintings that I worked on last semester. The first is a still-life from objects around our house. The second in a master copy of a self-portrait of Eugene Delacroix. The third is another still-life inspired by the artist Frank Krifka and the Baroque tradition of heavy darks and lights.

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I had started reading Anatomy of Restlessness by Bruce Chatwin and in the second page of “I Always Wanted to Go to Patagonia” he started to relate his earliest childhood memory which caused me to picture one of my earliest childhood memories, which I attempted to depict below*.  I used my wash pencil and portable watercolors with my waterbrush.  It turned out a bit dark I’m still trying to get used to the sketch & wash pencil, the shading with it is the hardest part for me.  I really like from the legs down though, I think the puddles turned out pretty good.

Pencil & Watercolor in Ren-Art Sketchbook.

*the text reads from left to right but it starts on the bottom line and then moves up.

After having this notebook for years on end (and I mean like 6+ years) I have decided that I am going to use it as my next sketchbook/notebook. Normally my sketchbook and my notebook are two completely different books. My sketchbooks have always been the bigger 9″x12″ size while my notebook have been the 3 1/2″ by 5″ ruled pocket-sized Moleskine (as a side note – I have been using the Moleskine notebooks since  before they were popular.) Lately I have become increasingly less and less impressed with the direction the Moleskine has gone, and since I have started sketching more in public I thought it would be nice to use a slightly smaller sketchbook.  It was only a slight jump to decide and combine them…or try to at any rate.  I don’t know if it will work, but we will find out. 

Some might wonder why I’ve had a blank book sitting around for over 6 years, but the answer is actually very simple.  I collect blank books.  I almost have an entire bookshelf worth of blank books or books I’ve written on only a couple of pages.  I’ve decided that It’s probably time to start using some of them.

This one is called “The Poet’s Notebook” and was published by Running Press.  The notebooks creator is David Stanford Burr.  The book is 6 7/10″ by 10″ and has a dark creamy colored paper.  There are also quotes about poetry other things related to it on almost every page, which is pretty cool.

So there I was trying to sketch people studying, except everyone kept moving and every time I looked up they were in a completely different position so…I decided to draw the guy in front of me who was taking a nap.

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This was at UNLV.  I had a little time before my Philosophy Class.  I took about 5-10 minutes to sketch these two studying across from me.

Leather Sketchbook with Charcoal Pencils.

So here are some sketches so far from my Cachet Sketchbook.

Here are some sketches from my Leather Sketchbook  to bring you up to speed with what I’ve done in that one.

So here are the other Sketchbooks that I am currently using, mostly for my art classes.  One is a Cachet 9×12 canvas hardcover sketchbook.  I haven’t applied any paint yet, but I doodles with some sharpies on the front cover and then I did a light color sketch with colored pencil on the back.

The other is a Canson 9×12 multi-media sketchbook.

Here is a look at my Leather Sketchbook.  My wife got if for me for as a birthday gift this year.  It’s a refillable and handmade with Arches hand torn paper.  All in all a pretty sweet deal.  Plus it has this nifty pocket in the front in which I can fit what i need to sketch with.

Also, here are most of what I use for sketches.  the only things not included in the pictures that I randomly use are sharpies and ballpoint pens.

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