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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 probably 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.
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.