Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Day7a of 30DOC - Rainbow

The highlight of this day was (among other things) a nice meal with friends near Valence and a beautiful rainbow - somewhere between Marseille and Paris.

And this ends my "30 Days of Creativity". I hope to continue sketching every day but for the next week this is not feasible, considering my other tasks. 

Day6a of 30DOC - Packing

The theme of the day was packing, because the time had come to leave beautiful La Ciotat, in Provence, France. I just learned that in English the 'Côte d'Azur' is called French Riviera.

Day5a of 30DOC - Library

This 'summary of the day' sketch pictures my bookshelf because I was updating my book inventory.

Day4a of 30DOC - Tuareg

This highlight of the day pictures a late evening to the 'marché nocturne' (night market) of La Ciotat.
It runs from 8pm to 2am. 
One of the stalls was from a Tuareg from Niger and I bought a beautiful letter opener.

Day3a of 30DOC - Lavender Fields

Here we continue with my catch-up days for 30 DoC with another 'summary of the day' sketch - a visit to the lavender fields in Luberon, Southern France. Beautiful! 

Day2a of 30DOC - Household Inventory

As I mentioned in my previous posts, I am continuing with the "30 Days of Creativity" challenge because I started late. The days are numbered with an 'a'. 

This was the first day of a new approach - at the end of the day do a little sketch that represents this day, like a diary entry. It was a very busy day and there was no time for anything else. The sketch tells you why:

I had to do a household inventory for selling most of my stuff.
In case you are wondering - I don't own a real giraffe but this is a very beautiful metal sculpture. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Day1a of 30DOC - Another portrait

As I mentioned in my last post, I will continue with my "30 Days of Creativity" because I started late. (That's why I am numbering the days with an 'a'.)

So here is another portrait for JKPP:

Here is our JKPP discussion and here are Tomás' photos.
The portrait was done with Pitt ink and Pentel color brushes. 

Day30 of 30DOC - Portrait for JKPP

After a long break, I decided to do some portraits for Julia Kay Portrait Party again:

This is Barb and here is her art work. The portrait is done with Pitt ink and watercolor. 


This is the last official day of "30 Days of Creativity in June" but since I started late, I will continue. 

Day29 of 30DOC - Big Calanque de Mugel

Here is another public sketch after I had a nice swim in the ocean:

This is a different Calanque than last time - called the Big Mugel, the other one was the Small Mugel.
I don't know if you can see the layering of the rocks - it is quite fascinating. 
The island is called the Green Island and it has some ruins on top of it.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Day28 of 30DOC - La Ciotat Alley part 2

Today I finally finished my multi-day project for "30 Days of Creativity": 
La Ciotat Alley, Watercolor with Ink, 30 x 38 cm

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Day27 of 30DOC - Male and female cups

Today I had a very nice iced coffee with vanilla ice and was inspired to draw a male and a female cup for it:

Now to find somebody who can create them. ;-)

Day26 of 30DOC - Cassis

Yesterday we visited the picturesque village of Cassis between La Ciotat and Marseille. We took plenty of photos on the "Route des Crêtes" but I did not find much time for sketching.

This was a very interesting house on the other side of the harbor. It is half finished as I ran out of time.

Day25 of 30DOC - Two Worlds

During my Bible reading I tried to imagine how the visible and the invisible world fit together. This is the sketch that resulted from it:

Day24 of 30DOC - La Ciotat Shipyard

Here is quick ink drawing of the several large cranes from the shipyard in La Ciotat that is no longer in use:

I kind of got used to them but to be honest, I would prefer a skyline without them.

Day23 of 30DOC - La Ciotat Alley - part 1

I am badly behind with posting my creativity products. Part of the reason is that one painting became a multi-day project. Here is the first part - a pencil drawing: 
It is one of many picturesque alleys in La Ciotat center. I drew it from a photo that I had made earlier. 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Day22 of 30DOC - Calanque de Mugel

Yesterday's creativity project was a sketch (or two) at the 'Calanque de Mugel': 
They are a major feat for me - as far as I remember this is the first time that I sketched in public. I still feel that they need some more color, but this is for another day.
As for the location - gorgeous, very beautiful, very famous. 
A calanque is a steep-sided inlet or bay of the ocean. 

Day21 of 30DOC - Watercolor sketch II

So, here comes another watercolor sketch of the beautiful  "Golfe d'Amour" of the Côte d'Azur: 

I am more satisfied with this one, than with the last one. But I am still puzzled -is it a sketch or a painting? where is the line? what is the difference? 
I guess most people start with sketching and than go on to do painting from their sketches. However, I have painted watercolors for more than 10 years and now I am learning to sketch. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Day20 of 30DOC - Collage of my life

Today's creativity grew out of an activity encouraged in a book -
a collage of words and pictures that express the vision I have for my life.

It was a lot of fun. 
This is the second version, slightly simplified (limited to one language) and adapted for posting on a public blog, leaving out some too personal details. 
 I used my new Faber-Castell Pitt art pen, that I just bought yesterday.

Day19 of 30DOC - Doodle

This is my first 'serious' doodle.

I have never done much doodling in class or on the phone. So this is a new area for me. I am not a multitasker. So, while I did the doodle, I forgot to watch the TV. 

I have to admit that I was very much inspired by the beautiful rainbow themed Moleskin done my Margaret and others which you can see here. I absolutely loved it. Of course, my doodle is a far cry from the sophistication of this Moleskin, but it inspired me to start trying. 

Day18 of 30DOC - Imagine 600 liters

Creativity for Day 18 of 30 Days of Creativity in June - just a small sketch, trying to imagine 600 liters that are mentioned in John 2, when Jesus changes water into wine at the wedding of Cana.

I think one bathtub is about 100 liters, so these were about the size of six bath tubs. 
And imagine how much you would get, if you had 600 liters of good quality wine to sell! 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Day17 of 30DOC - Vacation greetings

Today I finally put some of my pictures together into a digital vacation postcard to send to family and friends.

  • La Ciotat Old Harbor with the Notre Dame church and the old city museum; 
Clockwise from the top:
  • Panorama with the Green Island and the remains of the old shipyard on the right (from the "Route des Crêtes" in the North); 
  • Beak (or Peak) of the Eagle from the West; 
  • Picturesque alley behind the city museum; 
  • View of the "Golfe d'Amour" from my patio; 
  • The "Three Dry" (including the Beak of the Eagle) from the North; 
  • Famous soaps from Marseille on the weekly market; 
  • Dried tomatoes and olives; 
  • Town cinema commemorating the Lumière brothers and La Ciotat as the birth place of cinema.

Day16 of 30DOC - Mephisto

This is a sketch of a small statue in this house (1 ft) of Mephisto by A. de Ranieri. 
It was done with a Copic Multiliner and watercolor in a Canson sketch book.

Day15 of 30DOC - Overflowing

Friday's creativity was a digital creation - an affirmation card that reminds us of how our life is overflowing with the different essential qualities of love.

You can buy the card at my Zazzle shop

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Day14 of 30DOC - Watercolor sketch

Here is today's creativity - a watercolor sketch of the 'Bay d'Amour' in Provence, France.

I am not really happy with it. It is the first time, that I used watercolor for a sketch. I guess, I still have to learn a lot. I have painted a lot with watercolor but not for sketches. I can't remember on whose blog I read the remark, that watercolor is the easiest to use for sketches. I thought I have to try it, but I can't seem to get the hang of it.
So, how do you do it? Any advice is welcome. :-)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Day13 of 30DOC - tree trunk - guess which?

I have looked at this tree trunk with fascination every time I parked my car. Today I finally took the time to sketch it. I leave it to you to guess which kind of tree it is.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Day12 of 30DOC - Portrait

Here comes today's creativity project - a portrait with Pentel brush.
It's not quite what I had in mind, because I still have problems doing softer strokes with this brush. I will certainly try it again, maybe even with another technique because I find the portrait so fascinating. 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Day11 of 30DOC - Snack

Today's creativity - a pencil drawing of my favorite snack - can you guess it? ;-)
And how do you keep these sketch books flat while making a photo? :-/

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Day10 of 30DOC - Boulangerie

Here is today's creativity - a drawing of the bakery (boulangerie in French) across from my vacation rental.

This is not just any drawing - it might be nothing special for you - this is the start of my first real sketchbook! Yeah! I am so excited and very happy that it turned out so well. So far I have only used spiraled notebooks where you can tear individual pages out. Starting to draw in a book, where I can't take pages out that I don't like is a huge step for me. And I even started my first drawing with a color ballpoint pen - so, no erasing. (I guess I am the only perfectionist among artists, right?) ;-)

It is an Canson drawing book (A5 size) that I bought last week in Marseille. The cover is lilac which I find very appropriate since I am staying in the land of lavender (Provence).

P.S. And in case you are wondering what Calanques means, you can read more about it here.

Day9 of 30DOC - Windsurfers

Here is today's creativity - a video of windsurfers in Southern France, taken despite heavy wind that kept rattling me, my camera, even cars and sign posts. Windsurfers.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Day8 of 30DOC - Jellyfish

Today's creativity did not get a lot of time. Too bad. Let's hope tomorrow will be better. 
This is one happy jellyfish who was part of a special exhibition in Monterrey Aquarium

P.S. And here is the colored version that I did 2 days later:

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Day7 of 30DOC - Friends

Here is my first real contribution for "30 Days of Creativity". The suggestion for Day 7 is Friends.
Since the goal is to finish the creative project by the end of the day, I post it anyway, even thogh I am not yet satisfied as to the resemblance with the real people. It still is a great image of friendship.

30 Days of Creativity in June

Things did not work out as planed - I wanted to take part in the Every Day in May challenge but life took over and I did not even do one painting. OK, a few sketchbook drafts not worth posting.
Yesterday, I discovered that there is a similar challenge for June and I hope to do better with this one: 30 Days of Creativity

Initial instructions:
"Don’t put it off! Create stuff now! Follow #30DOC (or #30DaysOfCreativity) on Twitter. Send an @reply to @createstuff to let us know you want to participate.
Simply say, "I pledge to create something everyday for 30 days in a row."

And this is what the daily suggestions look like:

I know that I am a week late, but who cares. I already contributed one photo that fit the challenge of Day 2 and was made on Day 2, which you can see hereThis tree is on the "Route the Crêtes" (a ridge road) in Provence, France, which is closed during summer months due to high risk of forest fire.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Pentel Color Brush

This is my latest portrait with my latest tools - Pentel Color Brushes. I like the feel of it but I still have to see how to do larger areas and if it is possible to mix colors. Have you used those in the past? 

Pencil Portraits

I'd better start posting the portraits that I did during the last few weeks. 

Both were for the Julia Kay Portrait Party, nothing special but I am glad I got those fit in my full program. It's  easy to lose momentum when too many other things are going on. 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Delta Doodles

One flight was delayed by nearly two hours AFTER we had boarded the plane. We were allowed to get off the plane but then would have needed to go through the whole boarding process again.

I decided to stay and have fun with some portraits, but people moved too quickly (for my taste). So, the following are more fantasy than real portraits. But I had fun.

Partly it was a way of learning to use the different tools of the software. Good practice. 

My first digital One

Sorry, for my long absence. I did some drawings over the last few weeks but did not have the time to upload and post them.
Here is my first digital drawing - a portrait for the Julia Kay Portrait Party. I have a Windows 7 tablet and tested the Sketchbook Pro software. It was a lot of fun. However, I had one problem that kept me from being satisfied with it - the first line after changing the tools was always much thicker than any consecutive  line with the same tool. Very strange. Meanwhile I have downloaded several other softwares for testing but did not yet have enough time to do so. 

I would love to hear from others who do digital painting, especially those who also work on a Windows platform. What do you use? What is your experience with it? How do different programs compare? 
Any adivice is appreciated!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Stew Portrait

Finally, here is the portrait of Stew who introduced me to Julia Kay Portrait Party.
Thank you, Stew, I am having a lot of fun.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Another JKPP Portrait

Here is another JKPP portrait of a fascinating group member, Nevada.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Julia Kay's Portrait Party

I am so excited - I got accepted to Julia Kay's Portrait Party on Flickr.
So, today I took time to read the instructions and draw my first contributions. Here they are:

Kathy www.flickr.com/photos/kathy023/ in pencil and marker:

 Drew Ferrie www.flickr.com/photos/drew_ferrie/ in pencil and coal:

 Jutta Richter www.flickr.com/photos/emaid/ in pencil and watercolor pencil:

Each was first done in pencil, and then I tried something new with it. Nevertheless, in all three cases, I like the pencil drawing best. 
What do you think?

Sunday, February 19, 2012

EDM232 - Draw the last thing you bought

Since yesterday I am the proud owner of a bike. I had planned to buy it sometime around Christmas, but the guy who imports used bikes from the US did not have anything at the moment. I kept phoning and asking when the next container would arrive, but either nothing arrived or only children's bikes. This week he said he had some but his explanation on the phone was not very clear. So, I decided to go and look for myself, together with two colleagues. Well, there was not much to look at. A very sad racing bike for men was all he had. Since we were already on the go, we kept going to all other places that we had ever heard of.

It was then at the fifth stop that we found a lot of used bikes of varying quality. After trying countless others, I decided to buy this Dutch Sparta bike which is in fairly good condition. One of the main problems was that I am tall and most bike seats could not be raised high enough for my taste. We will see if the not very large tires will be able to cope with the local dirt roads.

The drawing was first done in pencil, and then in ink with a little bit of watercolor.

EDM327 - with darker hair

As Cathy pointed out - it could be Superman if he had darker hair. Well, she was right. It was supposed to be Superman, so here is the revised version of the portrait,   for the EDM challenge 327 'draw something super' with darker hair. 
If you have not seen the film (neither did I) or are not good with names (neither am I), his name is Brandon Routh. Please google him, and let me know if you think this resembles him.