Friday, January 6, 2017
So far in this new year I have made a commitment to do at least one ink drawing a day in a sketchbook set aside specifically for pen and ink work. I enter drawings in this sketchbook in addition to whatever else I may be working on.
What I've given myself the liberty to do is to try as many styles as I want to try. Usually there is a combination of influences or things that I've seen that I want to try. As a result the drawings may not seem like they are all done by the same artist (me of course). But this is my sketchbook, its not about doing something finished and polished (although that doesn't mean I let myself do a bad drawing) it's about practice or trying new things and just having fun.
We've always been told that drawing daily is a way of improving ones drawing skills. Part of that is being able to look at the drawings and realize ones weakness. For me I see that I need to focus more on correcting the drawing and less about the rendering. I see mistakes like the incorrect placement of the features. One eye maybe slightly lower than the other or the nose or mouth may be a bit off the axis of the head. Repeatedly noticing these things helps me to be more conscious of it as I draw. In your sketchbook you're allowed to make a bad drawing but the next one has to be better.
Monday, December 19, 2016
What do I try to accomplish in my sketchbook besides trying to make better drawings? I try different styles, different marks. I flesh out characters from a story I will illustrate or a story I am reading or have read.
The sketchbook is a place to think, to play, to resolve fundamental things about putting a picture together or about drawing in general. Its for resolving how to draw an ear, how to construct a head from life, photos or imagination.
It is a place, a real place where I go to everyday.
These sketches from my sketchbook are my daily sketches done on my lunch hour at work and time spent at the end of the day before I turn in for bed, Sometimes they are made early in the morning before taking off for work.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Been a little while since I picked up a brush to paint. I had spent the last two months doing pen and ink drawings and sketches and thinking about how much I wanted to paint.
I decided that I would spend this weekend painting with gouache. The painting on the left was done with a limited palette. I used Lamp Black, Permanent Scarlet, Yellow Ochre and White. Based on the Zorn Palette, but not the exact same colors he used- he used Ivory Black (a blueish black), Cadmium Red Medium, Yellow Ochre and White.
It was a new thing for me to paint with a limited palette. At first I wanted to add ultramarine Blue because it would've been easier to add cooler colors but I decided to stick to the limited palette. It turned out to be a good decision because one of the challenges I have with introducing some of the other colors is that I find it harder to control the values. Colors like Ultramarine Blue when I apply them appear darker when wet but when they dry they appear too high key even when mixed with other colors. I keep having to go back into the color to mute it.
I will try this limited palette again but next time I will use the exact colors Zorn did.
The other painting (which was actually done first) Was done using the palette I would normally use.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
I try to keep busy on my lunch hour at work and by busy I mean I don't let the hour go by without sketching something. Usually I use some sort of reference that either I photographed myself or got from the internet. If I don't have anything that I think is interesting then of course I rely on my imagination.
The thing is that I make the hour a sacred time in which drawing is like meditation. A quick bite to eat only subtracts about 10 minutes from the hour and I may go a little bit past the hour (what my boss doesn't know won't hurt him).
Monday, December 5, 2016
I took a few of the drawings I did for InkTober 2016 and added color using Sketchbook Pro and Photoshop.
It was just a fun way to kill a lazy Sunday
Thursday, December 1, 2016
3 things I am shooting for in these drawings from my sketchbook.
1) Trying to make a better drawing
2) Trying to get comfortable with the tools- a Pentel Pocket Brush and some Micron Pens
3) Trying to come up with different ways of making marks, not looking for a style, just doing something different so that I can have as many ways of approaching an ink drawing