Coastal Art Supply.
On the first day, we started by drawing boxes of various sizes on a page in our sketchbooks. Then we headed outside with just our Micron pens, pencils and sketchbooks.
My goals for the students included getting used to sketching quickly with pens, making color notes in pencil and in the end, completing their pages with color and decorative lettering. We started filling the boxes with 30 second and 1 minute sketches. Sometimes we splurged and stayed in one spot for 5 minutes.
After lunch we'd work in the studio and finish our morning sketches
using watercolors or watercolor pencils. Check out these results!
The second day, we approached our journal pages differently. We used multiple images to create flowing vignettes on a single page. I picked the subjects and showed them my methods of choosing where to position each item on the page.
This is my demonstration page. The first item drawn was the metal palm tree sculpture on the right side of the page. I chose that spot because of the strong design of the fronds that pointed to the left - and into the center of my page. The second element was the umbrella with the people. Note that the shape of the umbrella points into the center of my page. And the people are facing right, into the page. The third element was the cafe sign. I made it a size to tie into what was already on my page. The type was added back in the studio. The page was screaming for a border.... type is perfect for that.
After lunch we hit the streets again with another page of boxes - they were a big hit and perfect for quick sketches.... And, what a flavor of Beaufort we captured!!
Here is the colorized version of my top b&w page:
If a blank journal page puts you off.... try a page of boxes. They don't have to all be filled in the same day... perhaps one a day? They are perfect for the travel sketcher, or even keeping tract of your garden's growth. The possibilities go on and on :) Enjoy! That's what it's all about :)