I started a mini-moleskin a while back and it only had one picture it it, a mini-self portrait. I found the moleskin again and I added one more page to it with a quick gesture study with my brush pen. I started the piece just black and white and one tone of grey and for some reason I added color – I am not sure I like it with the color so maybe I will redo with just black and white and one tone of grey.
So tonight I picked up a Brush Pen. I wanted to work on some pieces down the road and use some ink techniques so I figured a brush pen would be less messy in the long run. I am unsure what I want to do right now but I love the fluidness of a brush and ink. Something about the curve and the line that really make you want to look at the piece of work.
I love gesture drawing / doodling. The act of gesture drawing is doing things in a quick and simple fluid motion to capture the movement within the subject. The subject or object of course might not be moving, but our eyes are in perpetual motion as they scan its visual makeup. The use of long curves cause the eyes to move more slowly on the page, where a short abrupt line moves you through the page faster. We zip right along straight lines and leap from segment to segment when the line changes direction.
Here are two pieces I worked on tonight to get the ink flowing. Enjoy!