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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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.

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