In this sketch, I felt that gestures were more important than proportions (see yesterday’s post). The tutor’s right hand seems to be on an elongated arm. If I had canted the tutor’s posture toward her charge it would make more visual sense. The student alternated positions from upright to bent over: listening and taking notes.
There are a limited number of positions one can assume when sitting. But it isn’t boring sketching seated people. It is an exercise in proportions. I remember distinctly an instance, many years ago, when the proportions of a drawing on which I was working, became those of the actual model (a picture of a horse). All of a sudden, I felt if my drawing was made real, the horse would have been able to gallop. I try to cross that threshold of with each of my sketches.
I decided to sketch this dog, even though the people sitting with him (or her) were just as interesting.
Usually I sit off to the side of my subject when I sketch. I was face-to-face with the gentleman whose portrait I sketched for this post. I was careful not to stare. This technique required me to glance up, memorize features, sketch, and peek again for a reality check.
The inset is a pencil sketch from the reverse side of this pencil, pen and ink drawing.
I had meal break while it was still light out the other day. I used my pencil sketch, ink and watercolor post production technique to render the vista I enjoyed while eating my lunch. The watercolors were not to my liking, so I ran the paper under the faucet (with the water turned on) to un-watercolor it. I like the faded results.
I began with pencil, inked the main lines and added color to finish the sketch. The most satisfying part of this process occurred when I drew the framework. In this composition. the framework was the structure holding up the windows that formed the storefront. As I sketched the contents within the store, I experienced the sense of space on my 2-dimensional paper.
Storefront at Night
8.5″x5.5″ 138# Mix Media Paper
I found a process I like for sketching people. I use pencil first… not even a drawing pencil. I use a mechanical pencil with soft lead. As my subject shifts, I sketch the limbs in their changed position. Sometimes this happens several times. I use pen and ink to emphasize the strong lines and leave the pencil tracings and smudges. I leave my options open to clean up the composition and perhaps even add some color at some later time.
This lady was dressed to the nines. She had an unusual hair style as well. Very ‘pencilgenic’ though.
Don’t you just hate it when the subject you are sketching, switches positions? My subject below was very fidgety. He moved to different positions. I did my best to keep up.
The color of the sidewalk is what struck me about this street-level design. I’m sure the pinkness is the original color, not a faded red. But it has a washed-out look to it, and yet the geometry is strong.