Lauren Reading; Gesture and Blind Contour

November 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

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I haven’t posted for some time now and so I thought I’d throw in a drawing of my daughter, Lauren using a quick gestural and sometimes blind contour.

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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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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 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.

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