Blue-plate Special


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Artwork: Zebra Pen Technical Pen and Fineliners in Sketching Stuff Activity book.

The prompt at Doodlewash today is Blue-plate Special, and I think this illustration would make a special plate. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

The drawing is an exercise from The Sketching Stuff Activity book by Charlie O’Shields. Several of the activities focus on recognizing the simple shapes in a scene. This is surprisingly difficult to do without practice. I decided to draw just the shapes on black paper.

When you draw on black paper, you are forced to think in the negative. I felt that would help me see just the simple shapes. I decided to just draw the more important leaves.

Then I drew the bird in the activity book with a technical pen.

This time I drew the leaf clusters in more detail.

I finished by coloring the drawing with fineliner pens.

If you missed my video walk-thru of Charlie’s book, here it is again. You can find the full review here.

Did you know that there is a Sketching Stuff Facebook Group for people to share their work from the book?

Wanna buy some of these cool toys?

The Sketching Stuff Activity book by Charlie O’Shields

Hahnemühle Black book – Rochester Art Supply FineArtStore

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

Zebra Zensations Fineliner Pen 0.8mm Assorted 24Pk

Charlie O’Shields is the founder and admin of Facebook’s ‘World Watercolor Group’, World Watercolor Month, and the Doodlewash Community. For more then 1400 consecutive days, he’s delighted his readers by sharing his watercolor art and a rambling essay about life, his interests, and the importance of staying young at heart.

15 comments

  1. Hi Sandra, Waiting for my copy now ordered it few days ago. Really like this picture too!

  2. I really like your sketch on black its terrific an the finished piece turned out beautiful. Using fineliner colour pens isn’t easy but you did a fantastic job blending the colours.
    Sandra I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw your art an the print on page 25 of Charlie’s new book, which is awesome. The reason for the OMG surprise is that I just got a postcard today from a friend in Norway with the exact same print, this made my day. Any chance do you know the name of the bird? I mentioned to my friend that I’m going to watercolour this bird an I hope mine turns out, still learning how to paint with watercolours. Have a wonderfully happy day. I wish I could send you a photo of my card, thank you Charlie for having it in the book.Joan

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