Textural Techniques in Pen and Ink

July 9, 2015 § Leave a comment

A few examples of portraying texture with ink through hatching, stippling, and a scribble technique based on your own handwriting. I find these methods provide an energy and looseness to our drawings that allow us to become more free in our expression.

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Still Life Using Stippling, Hatching, and Scribble

November 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

This is the same still life of pumpkins using a variety of textural techniques such as stippling, hatching, and scribble instead of just stippling. One gets a very different effect here; perhaps a more energized drawing.IMG_4699

Pen & Ink Gradation Technique with Scribble

July 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

This is the last in a series of pen & ink gradation techniques based on a scribble derived from your handwriting.  My students complete lines of their own signatures and then transform this handwriting to a scribble.  What I find so remarkable about this technique is the personal and intimate nature of this process.  Each drawing is attached to the personality of the artist. By now you have probablyIMG_4563IMG_4580 figured out that stippling is not my favorite.  Both hatching and scribble give me greater freedom.  I am committed, however to working with looser approaches to stippling.

Textural Pen & Ink using Hatching

July 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

  • IMG_4560This is the second drawing in a series of pen & ink florals using textural gradation techniques. This one uses hatching which is comprised of hatch marks or parallel and counter parallel lines to create gradations. First is the contour: then the finished drawing using hatching to reveal the underlying form of the subject. IMG_4582

Floral Gradations in Stippling

July 20, 2014 § Leave a comment

I recently posted three floral contours to be completed with the textural gradations of stippling, hatching , and scribble. Here is the first comprised of clusters of stipple marks that create dot like effects to support the contour. It is a time consuming, detail oriented endeavor, yet can also be completed in a looser more painterly manner. IMG_4559IMG_4583

Textural Ink Drawings

January 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

Textural Ink

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.

Hans’ Reflection

September 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

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This drawing was part of a series on the subject of reflection.  The drawing could also take on the meaning of light versus dark, positive versus negative, and the notion that each of us reflects on oneself. The surface could be based upon anything; water, reflectivity, or tranquility.

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