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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Virtual Sketch Date - Tree Peony

I joined in another group participation sketch, Virtual Sketch Date. The reference photo provided by Sharon, a beautiful tree peony. You can see the reference there. It is fun to see all the different styles and media. Check it out to see all the variety of work and many artists. All should be posted today and the list will be on the Virtual Sketch Date blog on Sunday, September 28.

(Added Sunday, September 28) Note: Tthe results of the participants can be seen here on the Virtual Sketch Date main page.

Jo's Tree Peony

I planned to do a very detailed pen and ink, but as usual I didn't get it done so settled for a quick sketch with a Pigma Brush pen. In a way it is good to use a "brush" as I can't get bogged down in detail using the thick lines of the brush point. This is in my Cachet sketchbook, 7 x 10 inches.

31 comments:

"JeanneG" said...

Nice job Jo. I still like having my eraser. I can do pen but just like the comfort of the pencil and eraser. I haven't even started my Virtual Sketch yet. I guess I had better get moving.

Joan said...

Just simple lines can convey so much!!!! Nice!!

Jo Castillo said...

Hi there, Jeanne. I hope you got a sketch done. I will pop over and check. Thanks.

Joan, thank you. You certainly have the know how of simple lines. I appreciate your input.

Rose Welty said...

I really like this Jo...the delicate petals are very nice...especially with a brush pen, I never have gotten those to work too well for me.

Jo Castillo said...

Thank you, Rose. The brush pens are a little like using the tip of a watercolor brush with no blending opportunity, huh? Not a favorite of mine, but fast. :)

Stacy said...

Nice work with the brush pen Jo. You caught the essence so simply. I do like to sketch in pen, but I don't think I'm brave enough to tackle something this complex.

Valerie Jones said...

Great work! You are brave using a pen.

Jo Castillo said...

Stacy, thanks. I sketch for the Scavenger Hunts in pen all the time. This I outlined in pencil and then went to freehand. I'm too impatient to do colored pencil, I like pen and pastel for the instant quality.

Jo Castillo said...

Valerie, thanks. I do enjoy using the pen.

Regina Calton Burchett said...

Jo - You captured the image really well - I so admire you for using a pen/brush!! Your sketch is great - this was fun, wasn't it?

Melissa Muirhead said...

I too admire your use of pen - it must take confidence as well as skill. I really like your sketch and thanks for the comment on my blog.

Jeanette said...

I like your ink version Jo. It defines the piece and gives it an illustrational feel.

Kari Gibson said...

Amazingly effective, considering you used just a pen. Lovely detail and a unique look. Makes me think of a woodcut or something similar.

shicat said...

Great interpretation.

Jennifer Rose said...

great use of lines :)

Jo Castillo said...

Regina, yes, these on-line sketch groups are fun ... and they keep me sketching. That is the main thing!

Melissa, Thanks. I think it is more lazy than confident. :) I like the instant finish .. good or bad. Ha.

Jeanette, thank you. The brush pen sure changes the way I work. No chance to scribble over it.

Kari, thanks for looking. It is a little like that, huh?

Shicat, thank you too. I will go check out your post.

Ann said...

You were very brave doing this with a brush pen! I really like this, it has a relief print feel to it.

Jo Castillo said...

Jennifer Rose, our comments overlapped. Thank you for stopping by and the nice words.

Ann, thank you. It does sort of look like that. I'll have to try those textured acrylics with a brush for a sketch. Hmmm.

leslie said...

It reminds me of a linoleum cut print.
Your sketches are confident!
hugs to you, Jo! xoxox

BMoon said...

Very yummy sketch. Especially love the movement in the diagonal background, adds such vibrancy.

Jo Castillo said...

Leslie, thank you so much for the confidence. Hugs back.

bmoon, thank you, too. The word yummy has sent me for chocolate. Hmmmm.

Gail said...

Jo, very nice, love your interpretation, it does look like a woodcut print.

Jo Castillo said...

Gail, thanks so much. I have never tried woodcuts or any kind of printing, always something new to try. I see a trip to the art supply store.... :)

Joanna said...

Wow. Very nice!

Jo Castillo said...

Thanks, Joanna. ((Hugs))

Paulette said...

Not sure what a brush pen is, but it made for a beautiful sketch!

Barbara Weeks said...

LOL I'm glad I'm not the only one that was it that boat! Someday maybe I'll have the nerve to use a brush pen. Nicely done.

Jo Castillo said...

Paulette, thank you. A Brush pen has a flexible point somewhat like the watercolor brush that you fill with water, except it has ink. You use very little pressure to get a wider line. Very light, super light, to get a narrow line.

Barbara Weeks, thank you as well. I like pens because it is instant. No waiting to dry or coloring in like with colored pencils. I'm lazy.

Vivienne said...

I agree that this has the quality of a woodblock or etching, and think you'd be great at printmaking, Jo.You're great at drawing too!This is unusual and delightful.

Quilt Knit said...

This interpretation is just nothing I came close to considering. It is wonderful.

Sherrie Roberts

Jo Castillo said...

Vivienne, thank you so much. I usually get bogged down in detail. With those brush pens, you can't.

Sherrie, thank you as well. The equipment determined the design in this case. :)

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