Monday, July 25, 2011

Mother and Daughter

I thoroughly enjoyed sketching these two beauties, Stephanie and Alyscia. They were patient and held their poses like professionals. We knew Stephanie was a pro at Mo's. She's our favorite wait person.

This sketch was done in my Moleskine pocket accordion, a small sketchbook that expands. It's limited to 5" high but the width is left up to the imagination. The paper has a waxy surface that's resistant to watercolor giving drawings a look I've come to appreciate.

The first pose was quite long allowing me to experiment with different papers, watercolor and line-brushwork. I think this is Punjab paper. It's a nicely bound watercolor sketchbook I've had for many years. The paper is very rough with deckled edges and takes watercolor beautifully. I used a large squirrel hair mop, loading it with a couple colors then applied the paint broadside.
Stephanie taking a sleep-break during this warm afternoon.
Thank you for sitting, Stepanie and Alyscia!


  1. These are wonderful. The colors are so rich and yummy. You are amazing.

  2. Thanks Judi! So sweet of you to say. Stephanie and Alyscia are such wonderful subjects. Sketching them inspires me to do more figure work. My true love!

  3. stephanie SprattJuly 26, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    thank you all so much for allowing us to be a part of your wonderful talent! all the pictures turned out beautifully.....

  4. The shadows and lighting on the faces are outstanding.