Left: Pentel Pocket Brush Pen sketches with the top sketch painted in with DaVinci Gouache. All on a background of a Gelli Arts Printing plate monoprint and collage. With some rubber stamping after everything else was completed. Approximately 9 x 12 inches. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
When I was preparing posts for last week about the Gelli Arts Printing Plate and my demo I also scanned this page from my 2013 fake journal.
The journal is too large to fit on my scanner so the whole page isn't shown, but I thought you would enjoy the sketches and especially have fun looking at the painted pear. I really enjoyed painting the stem.
In my second image which is a detail of the painted pair you'll be able to see it even more clearly.
Left: In this detail of the scan you can see the stem built up with a bunch of different colors. You can see the whole painting made over the PPBP sketch, and a background that had been printed with the Gelli Arts Printing Plate (look closely at the body of the pear and you'll see all sorts of circles emerging, which were part of the underlying pattern of the print). Click on the image to view an enlargement.
I believe you should sketch and paint things that interest you. First because it's your life and life is too short to sketch things that someone else directs your attention to. Second, if you are sketching and painting something that caught your interest you'll be more apt to stick with it and give it a solid try even if you're having a tough sketching day. And third, because if you love something, or are interested in it (and might fall in love with it observing it) you'll look closely to really see the details (and then you will fall in love with it).
And the next thing you know you'll be sketching even more things that catch your interest. And your heart will be rather full of a sense of wonder.
Note: Before you run out and buy and DaVinci Gouache please read this section of posts where I review them on my Official International Fake Journal Month blog. I would scroll down to the April 24, 2013 post which will set a context and explain how I worked with the gouache and what I found. Then the other posts will show you more examples and later developments which caused me to stop working with this paint, even for rough sketches.
Oh, and why do I like to sketch pears? To me there is a lot of play to be found in working out their shape either in simple line (as shown at the bottom of the journal page) or with paint. They are surrounded by neat (yes I talk that way) negative space. They provide a good color blending exercise. They have very interesting stems and stem attachments. Dick loves to eat pears so they are always around the house. (When I buy them for sketching I pick up various pears and examine their potential as sketch subjects. Happily Dick likes all varieties.)
I find that peppers are also fun for the same reasons. And of course when I had a resident dog, well you all know how that went. Sketch what you love.