I am taking Sketchbook Skool
for two reasons:
I want to be able to go “lead-free”
— to drop my dependency on pencil lines first —
and because friends are teaching. Some of the teachers are excellent pen-and-ink folks.
And all the kids are doing it.
From the Beginnings Class, techniques I am familiar with, and a sweet assignment, do draw something with a memory attached to it. At this point I am not hearing anything I haven’t practiced from the wonderful book by Kimon Nicolaides, The Natural Way to Draw, 1938. Doing the exercises, enjoying seeing other student work, and keeping Beginner’s Mind when I sit to draw, so it’s all good.
I cheated and used watercolors, however.
From the Seeing Class, again, a slow drawing exercise that I loved,
and have done many times, though I did not use toast since I am not eating much
toast these days. I used a small statue I have never tried to draw before, and
did it slowly and methodically. I added moon and earth, obviously.
I tried Danny Gregory’s technique of using a wash in a gesture, then going back in
and drawing ink slowly over the wash. This I loved, and will use again.
Lessons done, and Friday I will post my other sketches from this week!
Everything on this page was done with Cocoiro Pens, Pitt pens, and watercolors.
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