Saturday, December 21, 2013

2nd entry for Dec. 3, 2013

These are four 5-minute studies at top, a pair of 10-minute ones below, and a 15-minute one at bottom. All are on 18 x 24" sheets of paper; the 5's are on Canson XL Drawing paper, the 10's on Somerset Book paper, and the bottom one on 150 lb. Maidstone rag paper.
The 5's are done mostly with Pitt calligraphy point pen and some additional black pan pastel for extra shading. The one with Katelyn holding silks and the two on the cream Somerset paper were done with a gray and a black Pentel brush pen,plus pan pastel after the fact.
The lower one s a combination of water-soluble graphite and graphite pencil.
And below all that is a 5-minute study, Pitt calligraphy point pen on 18 x 24" Canson Recycled Sketch paper. There was a little bit of time left over, so that was how things ended.
I don't feel it was an especially strong session. I was struggling with control of the pen and dry spots on the pen points. The Pitt felt pens can be finicky, but when the point cooperates on one,  I like the feel of drawing with it.
Drawing is like a selective mirroring. Obviously, each person's interpretations of the same subject matter will differ. My line these days tends to be dogged and precise - detail-oriented monochromatic contour drawing. Something I like about going to drawing sessions is seeing what other people do. You can get a very different sense of that afternoon in Tida Kietsungden's digital studies and more gestural drawings on paper, which are posted here.

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