By: Leslie Hawes / 42 pages
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Redgrandma - 6 months ago
Very much enjoyed your "Down Your Street" sketchbook. Thank you for sharing your art with us.
Leslie Hawes - about 5 years ago
Hi Brenda! Don't hesitate to do the Sketchbook Project! Just jump in and DO IT! In my first sketchbook, "Down Your Street' , I drew the pages on brown pastel paper and glued (Mod-Podge) them to the existing sketchbook paper. It made the image dark. For "Travel With Me to Ireland", I replaced the sketchbook pages entirely with brown pastel paper, and used a spray fixative. It darkened the images some, but not nearly as much as the first Sketchbook. I don't have any suggestions for oil pastels, but I think you could use regular pastel paper and spray fixative to great success. Try a color lighter than I chose, and maybe smoosh a range of pastel colors on a 'test' piece of paper and then spray fix it to see how it affects the pastel. Even try that with a 'test' of oil pastel, but I bet it might 'disolve' the colors (guessing). Good luck to you! Do the Sketchbook Project!
brendafugle - about 5 years ago
I love, LOVE, the drawings in your book, "Travel with me to Ireland..." I love the colors, the feel. It creates that wonderful haunting feeling in me, which is why I long to do art. I am only now becoming brave enough to try the sketchbook project. Did you figure out how to "fix" the pencils onto the paper? Any tricks to use with oil pastels/regular pastels too?
Leslie Hawes - about 8 years ago
Hi Stephanie! Love your comment!
My Sketchbook is also an extension of my "Drawing A Day" project. I typically work on darker tones of mountboard, but couldn't figure how to glue those thick papers into a Sketchbook. So I dug out some dark brown pastel paper, and did my drawings on that.
The drawings were very bright and colorful until I spray fixed them. I hadn't taken into consideration the absorbent nature of the pastel paper, and it just went all dark on me. Drat! :)
Not to be put off, I glued the art into the Sketchbook with ModPodge to make them durable to use, and that was that.
I would have liked it if the drawings had maintained their original brightness. The pictures of the drawings that are in my gallery here that aren't of the Sketchbook pages show how the drawings looked "before".
I was most saddened by the loss of 'brightness' on "P Street Bicyclists" and "Outside Space".
You are most observant that there is a wide discrepency between the original art and what shows in the Sketchbook! Blame it on the spray fixative and ModPodge, and the artist that didn't do her "pre" homework! :)
Again, thanks for the comment. Glad to have visitors here.
Stephanie Bohlen - about 8 years ago
I love the rich feel you get of colored pencil on a darker paper! I like the white framing of the white paper for some of them which brings out the bright whites within the drawing, I wonder if you played around with the color/shade of the background for "P Street Bicyclists" and "Outside Space" especially it'd be slightly less distracting from your drawing and would allow your eyes to see the subtle variation of hues. I think it's mainly from how computer screens glow tend to intensify large areas of white and your eyes are adjusted to the brightness of the paper are less able to detect subtle variation of hues. I especially love the cover and "Congress" and the way the colors work together!