Thursday, May 11, 2006

Sketchride 5-6-06

Last Saurday I went out for what ended up being a 36-mile bike ride, and I took my Moleskine pocket sketchbook and a pencil along.

I've read about organized events called "Sketchcrawls" where artists get together and wander around to different sites/restaurants/what-have-you and at each stop they complete a sketch. This inspired me to do a "Sketchride". I only made two rest stops, but here are the results:

The main thing I discovered about this combined activity is that the two are not necessarily suited for each other. The sketching changed the way I ride, and the riding changed the way I sketched. I had to take a little time to calm down during each stop before I could draw, and even then it was hard to draw a straight line. The sketching required more rest time than I normally take while I'm riding which meant I had to "warm up" all over again when I got back on the bike.

Saturday was a beautiful day, however, and it was delightful to be out and about without a clock hanging over my head.

Thanks for reading.

Friday, May 05, 2006

EDM-Draw a Piece of Fruit

I didn't set out to intentionally fulfill this Everyday Matters drawing assignment, but the drawing matches one of the items on the list.

Did this while watching tv.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Illo Friday "Under the Sea"

I created my first ATCs (artist trading cards) this weekend using the Illustration Friday topic as my subject.

The first step was the sketch, and it was very important to me because I decided to take the plunge into the deep end of the pool and create a triptych ATC.

I prepped two sets of cards just in case I completely botched one, but ended up with a pretty decent result after the first. Here's the resulting triptych:

The additional cards were put to use as individual ATCs sans the "border fish":

After finishing these, I contemplated the act of actually trading them away, and now I'm doing the individuals in my Moleskine so I always have a set for me.

If you are interested in trading for these, please send me an email at nlemmel (at) aol (dot) com with "Under the Sea ATCs" as the subject (so I can sift it out of the spam).

Thanks for reading.