My blind drawings are outlines. They look like cartoon figures. When I sketch while looking at the subject and the paper, the portraits look more realistic.
One of the problems blind drawing presents is the re-placement of the tip of the pen after drawing a contour. It takes a good deal of skill to complete an outline in which the starting point coincides with the end point. Even if one accomplishes this, lifting the pen point from the drawing surface removes […]
I don’t know how many times I’ve started to sketch when another person interrupted the line of sight between my subject and me. Rather than start again, I usually try to draw the second subject, overlapping with the original one. This is harder than it looks; contour lines of the background figure are a source […]
I went to an art museum today. I haven’t been to an inspiring place like that for a very long time. I saw works of Van Gogh (oh, the texture!), Jawlensky, Klee, Rubens, Rembrandt and many others. I loved some of the compositions on paper by Degas: colored paper with lighter lines of pastes, were […]
I added watercolor to this pencil sketch. I’m working toward changing the emphasis of my sketching from the past year’s meditation on waiting. I would like to fill my next sketch book with colorful pen and ink and pencil drawings. To this end, I am looking for a better sketch book. Water applied to the […]
Yesterday, I posted a series of small, quick studies of a young lady reading her cell phone in a waiting room. Below is a more careful sketch of the same person.
This year I have been concentrating on drawing portraits of individuals or groups of people who are waiting. My sketches have been mostly close-ups that focus on body language or gesture. Today, I expanded my scope to give the viewer an idea of the surroundings.
People in waiting rooms for eye doctors generally fall into two categories: dilatees and those waiting to drive them home. Below is a portrait of the latter.
The gentleman across the way was wearing the sharpest shirt and trousers I have ever seen. And I do mean sharp! I don’t think that his clothes were starched, or they would have cracked when he moved. I was thinking about working some more on this drawing. I would concentrate the straight lines of the […]
Light and dark divided evenly for a day. Dark will take over from now on. And cold. This is the last outdoor party of the year. This year.