flobue that's awesome, post them in a thread! I wanna see what you do
So I've got a big post to make now with a lot of DEEP THOUGHTS, sorry in advance for the wall o' text
I bought another pen a couple of days ago and I feel guilty because it was way too expensive. It's a Tombow Dual Brush Pen, the color is a warm gray. I think it was described as "avocado" color which makes no sense because it's GRAY but let's just go with it.
Today I went on another field trip to the country park area for my 3 pages of sketches. I did the usual cruddy doodles of dandelions and sticky weed but also had a go at something longer and more involved.
This is with 3 pens now: sepia fineliner, black brush fineliner and Tombow.
Holy cow! I'm sure that in a few days I'll hate this but right now I feel pretty proud of myself. I am far too lazy to do proper hatching with the fineliners and as for stippling it is my belief that life is simply too short (though let me say I have the UTMOST
respect for the weirdos who stipple). The tombow pen has a big squishy brush nib which lets me block in chunks of shadow within seconds.
So this afternoon I unintentionally did an experiment with the Tombow
Facial expressions are on my study list, so I decided to have a go with photos out of the Reference Image Library. I did 2 pages. Bad page first, are you ready?
I feel so sorry for this person
in particular look what I did to her
Taking a good hard look at my page of fail I was pretty sure of the problem: too many lines. The old lady face is the best of them in my opinion and that's because she's got a lot of lines on her in real life. She's suited to detailed line drawing. The younger softer-faced people are not.
I had another go but this time I did a completely different technique. I started with the Tombow brush pen and blocked in shadows like paint. Lines ABSOLUTELY FORBIDDEN with the Tombow! When I had the face as blocks of light and shadow, only THEN did I pick up the other pens and start drawing lines.
Then because I already had it all SUGGESTED, I was able to refrain from putting in anything except the NECESSARY lines. And because I was able to let go from consciously trying to draw faces, I was able to start capturing the characters for real.
I am so so SO in favor of this technique for sketching people now. It's like I just found the secret menu to switch to easy mode.
(I'll learn the ink techniques to draw properly with pure line later though. I promise)