The Italian Lesson

My study of drawing with colored pencils has revealed one fact that has upset my learning curve: the best paper to use is that which has texture (known by the term “tooth”). The journal that I have committed to use is a Moleskin sketchbook, which uses perfectly smooth paper.  This substrate is ideally suited to pen and ink, the tools I have been using for many of my drawings this month.  I am still thinking of the best way to apply color to these sketches.

Sketch: Pen and Ink - The Italian Lesson

The Italian Lesson
Pen and Ink Sketch
10″x8″ 111# Moleskin Journal

Waiting Room View of Blood Pressure Test

I decided to do an environmental portrait today, instead of a figure study. Although the subject is the most insignificant figure in this sketch, everyone is waiting to be where that person is seated.

Sketch: Pen and Ink - Waiting Room View of Blood Pressure Test

Waiting Room View of Blood Pressure Test
Pen and Ink
10″x8″ 111# Moleskin Journal

Young Lady with Hoodie

There is only a hint of color in this sketch. I used brown and black to enhance the original pen and ink sketch.

Sketch: Pen and Ink, Colored Pencil - Young Lady with Hoodie

Young Lady with Hoodie
Pen, Ink and Colored Pencil
10″x8″ 111# Moleskin Journal

 

Man with Feathered Fedora and Camo Jacket

Having spent the better part of this year sketching with pencil, I have some observations about the different techniques needed for pen and ink sketching. With pencil, one can approximate an outline with spurious strokes. They can be blended. I found myself approximating my pen stroke in the air above the paper before committing the indelible line to paper.

The lines in the figure were successful. Most of the feathers of the gentleman’s hat were gray but there was one that had a splash of red color.  In the sketch below, the man’s jacket and shirt are most notable; in real life, the hat attracted the most attention.

Sketch: Pen and Ink, Colored Pencil - Man with Feathered Fedora and Camo Jacket

Man with Feathered Fedora and Camo Jacket
Pen, Ink and Colored Pencil
10″x8″ 111# Moleskin Journal

 

Man with Purple Pants and Blue Socks

This fellow had an interesting outfit, especially given my new focus of color. His many-seamed jacket was a tan-ish color, pants were purple, socks blue and golden brown shoes with white soles. I made very small notations (with my ink pen) in areas where the colors were to go, since I would be coloring later. (I may have to work out a different method in the future.)

Man with Purple Pants and Blue Socks

Man with Purple Pants and Blue Socks
Pen, Ink and Colored Pencils
10″x8″ 111# Moleskin Journal

Woman and Dog

This pen and ink sketch was a little more controlled than yesterday’s. I’m working on making even colored pencil strokes as filler to the shapes that make up the figures. I applied more pressure for the areas in shadow. Mixing of colors is on the menu for upcoming sketches.

Sketch: Pen and Ink, Colored Pencil - Woman and Dog

Woman and Dog
Pen and Ink, Colored Prison
5″x8″ 111# Moleskin Journal

Woman Resting with Poorly Rendered Arms

I haven’t used pen and ink for quite a while. The face, where my errant pen wiggles blended together, was quite pleasing, unlike the effect of the mass of scribbles that made up the arms . I did not render the proportions of the arms correctly at first and they were not redeemable. I was unwilling to modify the rest of the composition to look like the arms, which would probably have helped to provide some unity to the drawing. Color did not help either.

But, I post the bad with the good and learn in the process.

Sketch: Pen and Ink, Colored Pencil - Woman Resting with Poorly Rendered Arms

Woman Resting with Poorly Rendered Arms
Pen and Ink, Colored Pencil Sketch
10″x8″ 111# Moleskin Journal

William’s Rendition of the Halloween Mantle

We spent Halloween with the kids and grandkids. William asked if he could draw  in my new sketch book. I told him that I wanted something good. He went off and later, came back with the sketch you see below. He had decided to draw the mantle that his mom decorated.*

Sketch: Crayon, Marker and Pencil - William's Rendition of the Halloween Mantle

William’s Rendition of the Halloween Mantle
Crayon, Marker and Pencil Sketch
10″x8″ 111# Moleskin Journal


*My own rendition was the first entry in this book.

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