Joe Theismann Watercolor Sketch

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Enjoyed last night’s game, and while I don’t imagine Tony Kornheiser is breaking out the “Bandwagon” yet, the team looked good.  During commercials I looked for an image of Joe Theismann, but there are very few online from his quarterback days.  This is my rendition; a five-minute sketch with some watercolor.

Don’t know if I’ll ever get the hang of sketching a face encased in a football helmet.  Drawing identifiable facial characteristics is difficult to begin with – even without a helmet.

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Redskins Watercolor

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In 1969 Vince Lombardi (yes, that Vince Lombardi) was the Redskins’ coach.  It was also the year I discovered football, and I have not looked back.  I am a huge fan.

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So I thought given that the “Skins” are on Monday Night pre-season tonight, and it’s a national game, I might try my hand at some football gestures. John Riggins was the MVP of Superbowl 17, and forever holds a special place in my football heart.  Here are two similar sketches with different colors, and one much looser than the other.

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Two five-minute sketches

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I’ve been working in the garden for four days, but managed to take a small television break last night.  I only sat there for about five minutes and felt the “need” to sketch something.

This is not really what my husband looks like, but then my view of him was at an odd angle…and he was asleep.

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Nanu Nanu

I can not count the laughs Robin Williams brought into my life. His antics were so hilarious, I would often find myself laughing hours later – as if struck with residual joy. Of course I didn’t know him, but I feel I’ve lost a friend.

Nanu Nanu Robin. Nanu Nanu.

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Isle au Haut Lighthouse Watercolor

IMGP4629 2My summer on Bailey Island had me painting and reading all things Maine. Linda Greenlaw brought Isle au Haut to my attention, and I came home with hundreds of photos of Maine’s lighthouses, coves, rocky shores, quaint towns, and myriad of lakes dotted with cozy cabins.  Here’s one to start.

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Little Lighthouse Watercolor

click to enlarge A lighthouse in my mind...

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A lighthouse in my mind…

It’s easy to post these quickies and jot down a few words about my progress. But what is taking up most of my allotted computer time (what I refer to as “fat-ass frolicking”) is looking at other’s progress, others who have, as I have, become addicted to drawing every day.

Much of what I see online discourages me a bit.  The vast majority of those posting their work are so incredibly good.  I sometimes think I’ll never get that good, and wonder why I’m posting my progress, except to express my encouragement to those peers who are just learning.  My advice is simple:  Keep sketching daily.  We’ll all get better with time and practice.

[On this little lighthouse sketch, those rocks were under thirty seconds to sketch.  All of them.  My first rocks, a group of three, took me ten times that long to do because I labored over each little turn and nook.]

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Anyone Can Scribble

The Unhappy Broken-Leg Boys Going Off to Work!

The Unhappy Broken-Leg Boys Going Off to Work!

I think part of the idea of scribbling for new artists is that keeping the pen moving occupies the hand that wants to move.  I have a tendency to take bigger strokes, and often they’re either at the wrong angle, or sometimes even in the wrong direction. This gives me something to do, move my wrist and make little scribbles while I’m looking at the image,which in turn gives me more time to look at the image.

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One instructor called those small straight strokes “chicken scratches.”  Swirling the pen is far more satisfying, and feels better in my hand than moving the pen back and forth in a semi-straight line.

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I figure as I get better by slowing down, the pen scribbles will get looser and thinner and look less like the chicken scratches of the Broken Leg Boys up top.

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Faces Revisited Watercolor

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Second Attempt
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First Attempt
Don’t Bother Enlarging

Am I completely happy?  No, but I’m happier when I compare it to the first painting.  It amazes me how Reid has the ability to paint with such nuance, using just the right touch and just the right color.  The only way I can achieve even a semblance of his image is using a rag to wipe away some of the color which is invariably too strong.  I may do this one more time, or try some different faces.

 

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An Old Man Watercolor

This is an exercise in contour drawing and color.  His expression is my own because of the heat of this day.IMGP4615

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“Facing” the Difficulties in Watercolor

First Attempt

First Attempt

Faces!!!!!   Aaaarrrrgggghhhh…who knew they’d be so difficult.  The tiniest of discrepancy in an angle of the eye can change a human face into something alien.

The purpose of this exercise was to use some of Charles Reid’s favorite colors. This is also his composition, but trust me when I say, even he would not recognize it.

I should not have added the pen, and the colors are too bright.  No need to enlarge this one to see what’s wrong.  I’m going to try painting this again.

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