October 22, 2014 § Leave a comment
This is the first of a three drawing series of my grand daughter Anna and her friend Clare when they were very little. This scene depicts the two resting and thinking in a play tunnel while planning their next moves. I’m showing both the contour or line drawing with the finished gradation.
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.