Practicing Sketching Techniques
Yesterday I received a book called the Art of Sketching, which was recommended by Wendy on her website a few weeks ago. I doesn’t take much more than that for me to order a book, especially an art book. Reading through it got me all excited about sketching, so today I decided to try out a couple of techniques (plus an old standby).
I chose a statue for my model. First I tried somehing completely new to me, and it didn’t really work out very well. In the book, they suggest doing a preliminary drawing with red ballpoint, then adding water at which point the color is supposed to run a bit, for a watercolor effect, and then you add shadow with blue ballpoint. I don’t know what kind of ballpoint they use, but Bic doesn’t work that way. I even wonder if it’s a translation error, as the original text was in Spanish, I think.
Here’s mine. There was a tiny bit of bleeding, but barely enough to show, and I used a lot of water.
Next I did the same subject by painting on yellow ink, and adding line with my trusty pilot rollerball (.07 point) and adding water on that. I know that ink runs. I wasn’t thrilled with that result either, so I added some cerulean ink (I just love that color!) and then tried to lighten up some areas with white watercolor crayon. Here’s that one :
For the last one I just used good old 4B graphite. I found it dull, though, so I added some color with watercolor crayon.
Et voila! The most disappointing is the ballpoint pen – I so wanted that to work. Anyone ever use that? What kind of pens do you think would bleed correctly without leaving a definite line like the rollerball?