Friday, July 26, 2013

The Art of a Sketchbook - Friday

Back on July 5th I posted about Charles Reid and his method of contour drawing.  And although I don't do much watercoloring any more, another one of his books you might enjoy is Charles Reid's Watercolor Secrets.  All of the photographs of his work, in this book, are from his sketchbooks.

Charles Reid's Watercolor Secrets can be found on Amazon... follow the link.

On my desk ... This book has little tid-bits for the artist such as the tips below.

I like this one as well because I'm always obsessed with back grounds.

And about color ....

And what about this ...  shadow shapes.

On another note ....  I can't believe how fast summer is passing by.  I've been busy reading, mostly art books such as Harold Speed's book Practice and Science of Drawing as well as a couple of mysteries thrown in for those lazy days ... (have you read any of the Jack Reacher books) ??? As well as short boating trips, working in our yard and enjoying our friends.  Life is good!
Yesterday we had to take our cat, Odessa, into the vet.  She seemed to be having some issues with her mouth and we wanted her doc to check it for us.  Seems she had a loose canine tooth that he will pull this morning and she'll be home safe and sound this afternoon. I guess you'd say she's on her first sleep over... 

Have a good week ... keep on sketching.


  1. Thanks for all that, Nancy. Yesterday I bought myself a mechanical pencil. Yay!

  2. I don't do much work with watercolors but I always find information about any medium useful! thanks for all the great info.

  3. Love, love love Charles Reid!!

    Good advice!!!

  4. Anonymous6:38 PM

    Great info Nancy. You peaked my interest on this book with the first post. Now I might have to get the book :)