I used water soluble pencils for today’s sketch. Instead of smudging the pencil marks, I brushed water onto the paper to get different shades of gray. Like the sketch in the post from the other day, I obtained a range of tonal values. The filing cabinet (in the lower right portion of the frame) is the darkest toned shape in the scene. One’s eye is drawn to it immediately. This is not what I intended. In future pencil sketches I will strive to keep relatively low contrast between tonal values of adjacent areas. I will also choose the focal point of the composition and use higher contrasting tonal values to draw the eye there.
Pencil sketching technique is a lot different than using pen and ink. Every wiggle of the pen must be worked in to the drawing, even if the movement is unanticipated. But false moves with a pencil are not that drastic. They can be blended with a stump or even (perish the thought) erased.
Here is ‘The Couple’ complete with blended stray marks.
I’m back to pencil drawing for a while. I used the doctor’s office as the subject of today’s sketch. There was a range of tones, from the darkest of the television screen and door to the white of the book case.
Relaxing after the family visit.
As promised, today’s post features my grandson Will’s construction of the Hillsdale Clock Tower, whose clock was stopped by a bolt of lightning at 10:04 PM, that stormy night in 1955.
Below is a photo that details the bell, spire and clock face. Will fashioned the brass bell from the mortar part of an old miniature mortar and pestle set; the spire from a picture-hanging nail. He drew the clock face himself.
The pendulum (pictured above) was my idea. We used electrical tape to suspend one of the stones that Will painted.
Today’s sketch is of the desk in the room formerly known as ‘the studio‘ , partially rearranged by my grandson, William, during his project of the day. He succeeded in building a model of the Hillsdale clock tower, whose clock, he told me, stopped at 10:04 PM during a lightning storm in 1955. (More about that tomorrow.)
William, my grandson, and family are visiting. We haven’t seen them in about 6 months. Upon arrival, he apologized for not bringing his tool kit. He had planned for us to repair the grandfather clock in the hallway. William is 5 years old and very optimistic about repairing clocks. He dubbed my studio, “the clock room”, as I have more than a dozen clocks and watches in drawers and cubbies throughout the room.
Below is a sketch of William looking at the gears of the grandfather clock after he started the pendulum swinging.
Its a good thing I had my Deluxe Swiss Army knife with me today. I was waiting for Joy in the beauty parlor, all ready to sketch but could not find my drawing pen anywhere. BUT, my Deluxe Swiss Army knife had a pen! It was nothing to speak of, just a ball point pen refill (a naked, thin barrel).
When I got home, I darkened some of the outlines with my regular pen-and-ink pen.
Studying in pairs has its advantages, but only if concentration doesn’t become a problem.
When I’m on my break, the people in the cafe are usually frozen in position, reading or studying. As I was trying to sketch the man below the Maltese Falcon poster, he shifted his body before I could scribble his pose; when I tried sketching him in his new position, he moved again. The resulting drawing reveals more information about the subject than a simple snapshot would.