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!
I am still going strong with the iPad and using it as a sketch tablet. I am still enjoying it and learning to get really comfortable with it. I still have some beefs with the program which I hope they will fix. The transform tool is not that great so it is a real pain to rotate items that are imported in and it automatically sets the piece so if you rotate the layer it will crop.
Just doing some comic style figure studies. Doing quick studies is not that bad with the iPad.
It has been a while since I have done life drawing, been trying to find local colleges that still do open life drawing nights but no luck so far. So what better place than to head over to your local coffee shop and sketch random people. Seems creepy but I really wanted to get back into the figure drawing again.
I miss doing life drawing, I have not done life drawing since a year after college. Maybe I should find out if there are any local classes or workshops – get my skills back up to par. With my luck I probably have forgotten all my skills in it.