Day 6 arrived in my email just a short time ago, but I was playing catch-up on day 5 after breakfast this morning.
Robyn McClendon’s program “Altered Book as a Sketchbook” was a welcome exercise in being not so precious about objects while also creating something fun and beautiful.
This is not my first foray into altering a book. I last did this as a calendar for the year. Some of those pages were very satisfying, but only after I spent a LOT of time collaging on them or painting them. Not great to be driven by the demands of a calendar.
The second session was Jessica Swift’s “Using Your Inner Voice to Create a Powerful Visual Message to Yourself”
I used Graphix sketch markers with a blending tool on sketch paper in my book, and I anticipated bleed through. By happy coincidence I had torn pages to back my work…kismet.
I was waiting to post this until I could post the digitally colored version along with it. That particular project is coming along slowly because I have this other thing to do…they call it work, I believe.
Anyhoo, I went to one of my favorite Kenosha lunch spots, Common Grounds, and enjoyed half a sandwich and some lemonade in their room overlooking the river. It was busy, but there were other open tables so I didn’t feel too bad about lingering over my sketchbook in hopes of having something to show for Sketchcrawl 26. This started out as a pencil sketch, and then it enjoyed a going over in Micron pen.
After I scanned it, I did some fairly aggressive Photoshop cleaning. I’ll eventually get around to finishing the digital painting.
The original scan is below—complete with little color notes, page shadow from the sketchbook not laying flat in the scanner, and other rogue schmutz.