The shadow is the first element I notice in this sketch. The wood grain lies underneath, yet is not confused with shading of the dark area. The flower pots are the most incomplete component of this piece, not completely defined with pen and ink.
Reflections in the water, plus distortions in the clear plastic bottle were the challenges in this drawing exercise.
There’s got to be a better way to depict reflections on a shiny car hood. I get a better sense of the reflected branches on the windshield than the hood. Not sure why that is.
Pen-and-ink surfaces take a long time to draw. In this sketch I did not draw lines, but rather used shading to create surfaces.
I don’t remember the point of this practice exercise. It couldn’t have been faces exclusively since two are hidden. Maybe it was a combination face practice and composition design. I was getting better at facial proportions in this sketch.
I used pencil for shading in this sketch. I don’t recall the issues I had while drawing this scene, but ten years after, I see that the large shadow on the back building would have taken a careful hand with pen and ink to render. I probably thought it was easier to shade with pencil.
This is not a traditional sketch, but rather a recording of the vibrations that the airplane made as it went along the runway. I drew a line a (more or less) a constant rate across the page, turning as I ran out of space. I made notes when the plane turned and when we finally […]
There is a partial sketch, in sepia, of a figure on this page of my sketch book. But the important lesson I learned, in sketching the faces was: less is more. With just a few marks, I depicted a person not feeling well. What marks an artist does NOT make are just as important as […]
More scribbles in this sketch. Frankly, as negative space, it doesn’t work here (it did work yesterday). If it were patterned (like the space in ‘Night Sky’ by Van Gogh) it could mean something. However the not-quite-random pencil mark of the background tell more about the artist than they convey about the subject of the […]