Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Sketchbook Challenge Blog Hop ~ Sue Bleiweiss

Sue B here...

I hope you're enjoying the blog hop so far.  My post today includes a very exciting giveaway so make sure you read all the way to the end!

I love this months theme!  Houses and buildings are something that appear frequently in my work and they're one of my favorite things to draw.

watercolor

When I started the sketchbook challenge back in January 2011 one of my goals was to illustrate the many different ways that artists use their sketchbooks.  Some use it as a finished product, some as a place to work through design ideas and to play with imagery for other projects and in my case, I use it primarily as a way to design the quilts I want to make.

 colored pencil

Another one of my goals with the sketchbook challenge was to dispel that myth that everybody's sketchbook pages are pristine, well thought out works of finished art.  My sketchbooks are a perfect example of that.  They're pages of messy drawings done in black marker.


 However there are a few pages here and there where I do work with color - usually colored pencil. 

colored pencil



Using my sketchbook as the place to play with imagery before I ever cut into a piece of fabric gives me an opportunity to work out what images to include and where to place them on the quilt.

It also saves me from wasting a lot of fabric because by the time I get to the quilt making stage I've already worked out all the questions about what to include and worked through any issues regarding scale.
 
 In fact before I turn any of my little sketches into a quilt, I always make a full sized scaled drawing to work from so that I can make sure the scale of all the images work.  You can visit my website gallery here to see how the drawings in this post look rendered in fabric.  How do you use your sketchbook?  Do you use it primarily as a place to draw, paint and color or do you use it as a springboard for another medium?

The first sketch that you see in this post is the one that became the quilt that my workshop DVD is all about:

and if you pop over to my blog here you can enter your name in for a chance to win a free copy of the DVD and a big pile of other goodies too!


8 comments:

  1. I am a jewellery designer/goldsmith, so I use my "jewellery" sketchbooks just like you do with your quilts. As a place to note down and then work out designs before moving onto metal (or other material)!

    However, I also have a few "just for play" sketchbooks that I draw, color, collage, etc in! Sometimes these are the most fun ones! These sketchbooks "for fun" are the reason I follow this blog.

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  2. I have so many sketchbooks and they all have just a few bits and pieces in them. Mostly they are "testors" for colors or designs, a few kept strictly for finished artwork. Sue, I LOVE your house quilts. They are so colorful and happy!

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    1. Thank you Lisa! I confess that I usually have a lot of different sketchbooks going at once too :)

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  3. Sue, your sketchbooks are quite neat compared to mine! Mine are strictly used for working out my designs before moving to fabric...every 5 page or so does have color and pretty much a finished small scale design ready to transfer to full size.

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    1. Oh believe me Deborah, I have some very messy sections in my sketchbooks - they're not all as neat as the ones you see here!

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  4. wonderful way to show by great examples how often times it's more the joy of process than pristine. Thanks for sharing. Off to visit your blog :)

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  5. The Sketchbook Challenge has helped me sooo much! I'd see images of others' sketchbooks and it would paralyze me... I'd shoot for finished art and never get anything done because it wasn't happening.
    This really freed me up for my sketchbook to be my go-to place. sadly, it sometimes holds my grocery list. :P
    Thanks for starting all this, Sue!

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  6. It's great to get a glimpse of how other artists use their sketchbooks to work out problems for their finished art. That's the best reason to have one.

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