When I lived in San Jose, I would often practice sketching on the back porch. Many of my sketches were of the same subject. I used different techniques to figure out which gave me the result that I wanted.
This sketch was one of my first experiments sketching beyond the middle fold of the sketch book. The book’s vertical format gave me more room to sketch.
I was still not confident enough to draw with pen and ink exclusively. I needed to sketch with pencil first. In a way using a pencil sketch first was like using training wheels when learning to ride a bicycle.
Here’s a vintage sketch from 2010. I’ve been self-isolating this past week, as I’ve not been well and do not want to cough on people at work (or get coughed on).
I thought I could do justice to the photo I took the other day (Giant Clouds Dwarfing the Landscape) with a pencil sketch. The middle ground of the sketch came out the best. I captured the contrast between the white fluffy clouds in front of the gray face of the huge cloud. The gray clouds […]