Heh. You can REALLY see the ink coming through the page now!
The next one is what made me realize that I actually have to warm up
when sketching. Is it that same for you guys? I never thought about it before. It's like my fingers and my brain take a little while to connect, and my eyes take a moment to remember what they're supposed to be looking for, in terms of visial information, not just [i]seeing[/I.] So the first sketch is almost always worse than the ones that come after.
Anyway, this is an attempt at protraying a delicate flower in a not particularly delicate medium (Rainy
, how to you DO
that?). It was from a picture on local wildflowers that I didn't particularly like, either, which may have contributed to the apathy.
The knife on the bottom was accidentally drawn with the sketchbook upside down, and I was very pleased with it. The note says "Bwaha! The Law of Compulsive Outline!" Because, as I mentioned...I do that, and the butterknife could not escape.
The note on the flower says "I will not fill in I will not fill in I will not fill in I will not fill in....but I WILL change the line weight!"
Of course then I did fill in a bit with shading (I was resisting the urge to pick up the waterbrush), but I varied the line-weight without really thinking about it, so it didn't really go anywhere.
Sorry for the blurryness on this one!
This was another attempt at a picture I took in Finland of a little cluster of mushrooms, and some fun with a walnut and some almonds. (Note to self: small, textured objects are really fun to draw. I may have a thing for texture.
I was again reminded of the "interpret, don't copy" rule, but after the fact. Why is it so much harder to portray soft or smooth things in pen? Maybe because without delicate shading, they are just a flat shape? But shouldn't Line help there?
Maybe it's a line weight thing again.
I DID bring out the waterbrush here, forgetting that I had changed to a not very washable mixture in my Ahab.
The idea about smooth things being hard to portray seems not to apply to hard
smooth things. This metal carafe was great fun, with all the hard edged reflections. Like the metal butterknife. (Hmm. Typical. I gravitate to heavily textured natural objects and highly metallic shiny things. Two things, total opposites, equally interesting. Story of my life.)
Ignore that thing on the right. It wasn't interesting long enough to be much of anything.
These were done in ballpoint, by the way. It seemed more appropriate, thought I don't know why.