Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Review of Inexpensive Sketchbook

After Degas' Manet
in Watson-Guptill Sketchbook

One night this weekend I was desperate for some faces...so I copied a few Degas portraits. This is from one of many of Degas' portraits of Manet. As much as I don't like bearded faces, it was interesting to study how Degas handled drawing all that hair!

I have done these recent sketches in my new sketchbook...I suppose it I should call it my "Fall" sketchbook as I got it when my "Summer" one was full. But that would put the pressure on to finish it in one season... :D It's one of these.

  • price - can't beat $10
  • spiral binding - makes photographing sketches for the blog easier
  • landscape format - there is very little binding to get in the way
  • not suitable for a wet medium - this isn't a problem for me, but it might be for others
And finally, a shout out to Jo Castillo who so very sweetly called me today on the phone. Jo very graciously helped me with some questions I had. Thanks Jo, I do appreciate it!


Laurel Neustadter said...

I love your broad pencil strokes with no blending ... very nice sketching style.

Rose Welty said...

Thanks Laurel, I've been very influenced by Ernest Watson and Ted Kautzky.