What’s in my Sketch Journals

The Story Behind the Sketch Journals

Last year 2022 I had a lady by the name of Jenny that came to view my little gallery at Possum Park. She took a fancy to the pomegranates on the tree outside the cottage and asked if she could have some, which I said “yes”.

Later that day Jenny came back with a little sketch journal that she made and said it was an exchange for the pomegranates she had taken earlier.

If people mentioned the pomegranate tree I would tell them the story about Jenny and the little sketch journal. Almost a year later I kept seeing this little journal floating around my desk as I kept moving it from draw to draw. Then I thought, what if Jenny comes back and I haven’t used the journal I’ll be in trouble. So one day in February 2023 I decided to draw a tree stump in it.

My First A6 Sketch Journal

Dates 17/02/2023 to 01/04/2023

Left – is the hand made journal from Jenny which I love and got me into ink sketching in little journals.

Right – a German Hahnemuehle Journal which has a thicker watercolour paper with a little bit of tooth.

I use Uni pin Fine Line Pens in this A6 Journal.

Some of my 40 sketches are out of order just so I can group them into landscape and portrait images.

My Second A6 Sketch Journal

Dates 12/04/2023 to Current

I have been photographing tree and stumps for years but since February I’ve been addicted to sketching them. This new study led me to drawing “Bushfire Revival” for the Miles & District Show art competition, which I completed in less than 24 hours so I could meet a competition deadline.

As you can now see the experience I have at drawing little tree stumps which led to me winning first prize in the black and white category, along with another 4 first places for other paintings and the Miles Show grand champion award for my lizard.

Read my previous blog about Miles Show Art Competition 2023 .

Ink & Paper

I use Uni Pin Fine Line Pens on a German Hahnemuehle watercolour journal.

Tombo Brush Pens N15, N45, N55, N60, N65, N95 and Uni Pin Fine Line 0.05, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7

My painting come from my own experiences that I have photographed while traveling. By reading this blog, you as a viewer can now hear The Story Behind the Painting. Where, when, what was happening while I was photographing the wildlife.
If you want more details about my adventures checkout my travel blog website www.ChrisOsborneAdventures.wordpress.com 

Enjoy, Chris Osborne

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