I decided to experiment with the Field Notes brand of notebook this year. This is one of my architectural explorations of the "Pagoda" building at Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone. It was a fun and I now love these little books, but I need to skip a page to avoid the marker bleed.
These are more little houses from last October's Inktober challenge. This is page 46 and 47 from Sketchbook #48 that represents 6 of those days. And is another one of my favorite spreads from that sketchbook. These were completed with Pitt Pens and watercolor.
I participated in the Inktober challenge last October and decided to draw a little house every day in ink for the month. This is page 42 and 43 from Sketchbook #48 that represents 6 of those days. I think it is one of my favorite spreads from that sketchbook as a whole. They were all completed with Pitt Pens and brush markers. To give you an idea of how small these little drawings are, the entry doors are 1/2 an inch tall or less. They were super fun to draw and these little houses may end up in a tiny painting at some point.
The top image is another sketch from Sketchbook #48, page 20 and is a pen and ink with watercolor study of a house I drive by on my way to work. The lower image is the same house in a little oil on gessoed paper sketch of the same house. It is an interesting comparison for me as I look at both of them together so closely for the first time.
Actually, this is the inside cover and page one of sketchbook number 48. I always seem to have multiple sketchbooks going at once, but lately decided to finish some before starting another. This is an up-cycled Art Through The Ages 5th Edition book that I took apart and used to create this coptic-stitch sketchbook. The book was a de-commissioned library book.
This little sketch was completed back in 2012 on the first page in an up-cycled coptic bound sketchbook I hand made from an old book. More on that project later. This is one of many studies I have created based on houses and my fascination with drawing those I come across during my daily activities.
This is a local house close to where I live and I think it fits the Illustration Friday theme this week of "Lonely" very well. The complete story of this house is a mystery to me, but I have heard (and don't know if there is any truth to it) that a doctor who wanted to do something with the land (besides use it as a residence site) purchased the property. The city ordinances would not let him (change it to a business zone) and he put it up for sale again. That seems like years and years ago and now it sits.
The house has blue-slate siding and the roof is painted red and I mean painted too. One day last summer I took a walk down that street and discovered that the backside of the roof is not quite so red. The sellers apparently only painted the front side of the roof to spruce up the street view of the house.
Anyway... now it sits and seems very lonely to me.