June 7, 2016 § Leave a comment
This was a quick study of Lauren as she was sleeping completed in pen and ink.
January 7, 2016 § 2 Comments
Many years ago I sat and drew my daughter as she slept on the couch. You see, she had moved there from her bed almost on the stroke of midnight on her birthday until she turned three. There was no reasoning with her. The sofa was where she was going to sleep and only there!! She was such a great subject to draw and I made full opportunity of the situation!!
July 9, 2015 § Leave a comment
May 7, 2015 § Leave a comment
I’ve been looking at a drawing I had completed years ago for The Little Book of Drawing and realizing that it seemed quite linear in nature and lacking a real sense of depth. The original was a pen & ink done in black of a stork sunning itself on a rock. I added color with a limited palette of black, dark umber, and sienna. Also thrown in is white Conte’ crayon to allow for more contrast with the background. The gradations move off of the line and instill a three dimensional nature. Funny how it’s easier to tell your students to do this than see it in your own work! Oh well, better late than never. I am including both drawings.
November 30, 2014 § Leave a comment
November 23, 2014 § Leave a comment
Here is a contour and finished gradation in stippling of a Fall still life. The contour provides me with the framework for the gradation. I even included the small letter s’s to indicate where the shadows lay. These notations whether on the page or in a notebook help you as the artist remember key elements. The contour exists on it’s own in places as it leads you in and out of the composition.
August 18, 2014 § 1 Comment
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.
July 23, 2014 § Leave a comment
- This 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.
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.