This is a small sketchbook I carried with me. Keeping sketchbooks is important to me , and I enjoy it, so I usually have one on me. I had it made for me by a Jane Shibata, who I teach with. The paper is Lana 90 pound hot press which I like because it’s a little softer than Arches which makes it more receptive to dry media as well. All the work in the sketchbook is from direct observation, some it it from other works of art when I visit museums. The study on this page is in gouache over an acrylic ground I put on some of the pages. I like this technique as it allows me to get down some color notes and to make little paintings on site almost anywhere, like on a plane. I tape off the edges most of the time to make a clean composition.
Thank you Luciana! I have more, it just yakes so much time to scan them, size them, etc. But I’ll be posting more of them.
These are done on location , from life right ? They are really excellent, Marc. My favorites of yours, I’ve seen , so far. Proof that direct observation yields a greater result. I hope you are doing more of these.
What a great thing! I’m jealous. I never seem to be able to keep a sketchbook going.
What? After I got you that nice one with the 140 pound hot press paper? You do lots of drawing though, maybe you just need a big binder…
That thing intimidates me. It is too beautiful to use. It sits there on my shelf, empty, threatening with perfect blank pages.
Someone once gave me a way too precious sketch pad with hand made paper etc. I agree ,Scott, that it looks intimidating. But after a while I just ripped one of the pages out & defiled it with mindless scribble. I then rolled the torn page in a ball and kicked it around my studio, even letting the cat play fetch with it. After that I took it out to the garden & rubbed soil all over it, which then made me throw it in a bucket of dirty water. Finally it was “done” and I made a 3 point shot into the trash can. After that, the sketchbook was more afraid of me than I was of it ! I went on to do some really good work in it. I had tamed it’s pretentiousness :)