Friday, June 23, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017

St. John USVI Sketchbook Part 10

This trip back to our favorite Haulover Bay led to some of the best people watching of the entire vacation.  The man floating in front of the bar was the best.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

St. John USVI Sketchbook Part 09

This spread includes the only map I put in my sketchbooks for this trip--I think in the future I may do more, especially in travel journals.  I kind of liked drawing it.

The first of these scribbles are with my normal pen and watercolor.  But later, when I was messing around with people and gestures, I went back to the Koh-i-noor Magic Pencil.  It is a fun tool for working with people because of the uncontrollable nature of it.  It keeps me loose.

Once again, you can see me drawing and then correcting and correcting my ink lines.  I don't mind that look--I feel like I can re-experience myself seeing and learning.  It makes the pages more energetic for me.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

St John USVI Sketchbook Part 08

And another terrific day.  I played a little more consciously with design of my pages on this day.  And I did more fast gestures of people on the beach.  I keep hoping this will help me learn to draw people...

Monday, June 19, 2017

St John USVI Sketchbook Part 07

A wonderful bay called Waterlemon (not watermelon--it takes a while to learn to say it without feeling like you are saying it wrong!)--about a 30 minute walk from parking to the beach.  Worth it if the snorkeling is good, which it was on this day.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

St. John USVI Sketchbook Part 06

A trip to Maho Bay.   We were a little surprised, again, at how crowded St. John has gotten since our last visit.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

St. John USVI Sketchbook Part 05

This set of sketches from the beach reminds me of many things.

First, the weather is rarely what you expect.  Also, it's worth taking the moment to write down funny things you hear other people say!

Both landscapes and close-ups, even on the same page, are fun to include.

People on the beach are just fascinating.  And they move a lot more slowly than people in "normal" life, so it's easier to draw them.

Talking to people can get you good recommendations, especially for food.  We tried out the restaurants this woman told us about and they were great.

Funny thing:  I drew her while she talked to us, and I don't think she even realized it.  This is a partial blind contour and came out really well.

Friday, June 16, 2017

St. John USVI Sketchbook Part 04

Today I tried to draw a reef squid from memory and discovered my visual memory is just not very good!

I do much better from life, or from photos.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

St. John USVI Sketchbook Part 03

I love to draw and paint at the beach.  I have my kit reduced so it travels well, and I'm pretty careful to keep it all sand-free.

This next one I sketched from a photo I took.

This one resulted from very VERY fast scribbling from the car.  The donkeys obliged by standing still and no other cars came for the few seconds it took me to do fast nearly blind contour drawings of their bodies.  Then I snapped a photo and did the coloring at home.

A beautiful view along the drive.

This last one was really fun to draw in an outdoor restaurant, watching the Super Bowl.  Capturing the crowd in the dark, lit up by the giant TV screen was a fun challenge for me.  I drew and painted this on the spot.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

St. John USVI Sketchbook Part 02

The trip from the cold Midwest to sunny St. John.

It's nice to never be bored in an airport.  Because the waits can be long.