Saturday, May 18, 2013

Field Notes

I'm taking Juliana Coles' Field Notes class right now and so far I am having a great time. I am working in two journals, one is a preexisting sketchbook and for the other I am working in a novel with cute nautical and map illustrations. Working right over the printed text is liberating, and I find that it keeps me from getting too precious with the page. Another great tool for that is fat pens and markers. It really helps! Maybe these sketches are a little rough around the edges, but I kinda like that. The whole concept for the class is to get out and about, sketch more, and to create a practice. A PRACTICE people! I still have to reign in my own expectations and remember that it is just a page. If I don't like it I can do another drawing, as many as I like! The beauty of sketching is that my drawings really need to simmer, when I come back I always like it better than when I was trying to strong-arm it into some vision in my head. Have journal, will travel.

This is my favorite! My studio, with all that I love and use. (in progress)

A view of my backyard


  1. These are WONDERFUL! Love them! I too am drawing again, and trying to everyday! Your colorful sketches are beautiful!

  2. I've just started working with book pages too, but mine are backed with old cereal boxes to make them stronger. Are you able to use watercolor on straight pages?

    1. I have only used markers in this book so far, but the pages are fairly thick, so I think light watercolor would work. I will have to try it out and see!