I am still practising quick sketches with a ballpoint pen. Fortunately I’ve got heaps of scrap paper with prints on one side, and they are ideal for practising quick drawings.
Here is a shark:
Both of these sketches are based on some references I found on pinterest. Pinterest is full of drawings, paintings, drawing tutorials, character design references and the like. Here you can find my pinboards. Enjoy!
Here’s the second tulip sketch. As I said before, no pencil, no eraser, just a ballpoint pen.
I think it was Leonardo da Vinci who said that you should practice drawing every day. It seems to be easy, but in fact I’m having difficulties to sit down and do a sketch every day. There is a place online – www.habitRPG – where you can “gamify” your goals and to-do’s and work on your habits. I have discovered it a few days ago and find it fun and useful…
I decided to set myself the goal of doing one quick sketch a day. As spring is approaching quite fast, I am focusing on tulips. I am using a ballpoint pen because I really wanted a quick sketch and not something I had been working on carefully wih pencil and eraser. Of course there is the possibility of cleaning up the lines in photoshop, but I won’t do that. No eraser, either the traditional one or the digital one.
I am not working with printed out references. I did a google search for “tulips”, went for one photo I liked, opened it and then began to draw. Why should I use ink and paper when I don’t really need to?
Art has become my passion. I grab my watercolour pencils when I come home from work, I love to watch youtube videos about drawing and painting (my “watch later” list is getting longer and longer), I am uploading scans of my paintings to Rossmann, a very known drugstore here in Germany, in order to get some nice cards to be sold here and there, only to describe some of my art connected activities which all have to take place after work or on the weekend. My free time is precious to me, because that’s all I have for my passion, art.
However, I live in a three room flat, and the self-cleaning flat hasn’t been invented yet. I must admit that I don’t like to do housechold chores, especially because two days after you vacuumed the floor it gets dusty again. It reminds me so much of old Sisiphus working hard to move the big stone up the hill and then – ftt – it rolls down again.
Nevertheless some things have to be done. Maybe there is a way to make it easier? Suddenly I imagined (my imagination can be rather wild and strange) I would be surrounded by living objects. One of them is the Speaking Bath-Tub which is crying out loud because I neglect it that much. I sat down and made a quick sketch. Doesn’t the tub look a bit angry? Shoosh, dear bath tub, this evening you will get a decent rub down, poor little thingie!
Here’s the final version of the butterflies painting. None of these colourful insects exists in reality – I just went for the colours which came to my mind.
By the way: This time I used q-tips for wetting the paper. I’d read somewhere that with those q-tips it is easier to control the amount of water you’re putting on the paper and wanted to try it out. It was okay, but I found no big difference between them and using my tiniest brush.
I am using the smoother side of the rough watercolour paper this time. Much better. And I used my window as a light table when I transfered my preliminary sketch to the watercolour paper. I only sketched the butterflies; the background was created during the process.
The days are still not long enough to allow using my window panes as a light table during the week when I come home from work. This leads to a certain work flow in which I do the sketching and the research for references during the week, then do the transfer to the watercolour paper on the weekend and continue with the painting during the week.
This is the general plan. But I allow myself to digress from it. I am hoping to get this painting finished on the next weekend. A new painting probably will have to wait for another week. It is a very thin line between having goals and trying to meet them and putting onself under too much pressure. We’ll see.
I tried something new when I did the hair. I first wetted the paper and then applied the watercolour pencil. You get a very rich colour when you do this; however with the drawing cardboard I was running the risk of damaging the paper. I managed to avoid that but I now know that drawing cardboard is not the paper to be used when working with watercolour pencils in this way.
I am still looking for hot-pressed watercolour paper. The watercolour paper pad I’ve got contains sheets of rough paper. The back of this paper is smoother, but I don’t want to remove it from the pad. Well, I’ve got a big catalogue from Boesner which is a rather famous shop here in Germany and will spend some time investigating. …