July 7, 2014 § Leave a comment
I’ve completed three quick ink contours for an upcoming color drawing class I’m teaching. Each will be supported with textural gradations using stippling, hatching, and scribble. And I’ll post when they are completed.
June 8, 2014 § 4 Comments
I haven’t posted for awhile, but finally am finishing the drawing of a Pileated Woodpecker feasting on bugs from a dead tree stump. The last stage involved watercolor washes to support the line drawing or the contour. This stage shows gradations of colored pencil to provide a more subtle clarity to the picture and some pen & ink to allow for more drama. It is a riot of color now as the orange leaves swirl about the bird. I am working with this type of mixed media to spur me towards a more free approach. I still have a ways to go!! Any advise or input would be welcomed!
January 15, 2014 § Leave a comment
I’m posting a pair of ink drawings using stippling, hatching, and a scribble based on my handwriting. These techniques really help my students tackle the complexities of gradations. Perhaps stippling is the one that allows the most insight. Using dots or stipple marks to convey lightness or darkness by how close together or how far apart the marks are, lets us see in great clarity the complexities of value or the blacks, grays, and whites. It can become addictive, however; so beware. I had a student who came to my class to break free and become more spontaneous in his outlook. The he discovered stippling and then the next thing I knew, he had two pens going simultaneously!! He was an accountant. Don’t know if this had anything to do with it.