Yesterdays breakout from the sketchbook continued today with even more pages added. Working in this way, while opening up the range of vision, also brings with it practical problems. As I’m drawing in a situation where I’m not able to see the whole drawing ,I’m working on sections at a time. This means that with the expansion there is the problem of reference – seeing the bigger picture to place objects in relative size to create the illusion of space. I saw this when I got home and laid out the full drawing(it’s in three horizontal strips at the moment) When drawing the foreground all I had to refer to was the nearest element in the drawing, this resulted in it being drawn too small(remedied this by gluing paper over the relevant area..Drawing straight with ink allows little room for manoeuvre) Tomorrow will rework this section now I have a better idea of relative scale.
I’ve been drawing this with my Hero 501-1 Fude nib pen,I’ve refilled it with Daler Rowney Calli ink, which I’m finding has a much faster flow and deeper black than the Noodlers bulletproof black ink. More thoughts about this pen and it’s effect on my drawing at a later date.
Here’s today’s progress –
Learning by doing….this drawing is a good example of this.Breakthroughs that open up new paths of exploration can come from the simplest of things. In this case I’d drawn a quick sketch of two women talking in the street,and once I’d got the heads in I continued downwards but reached the edge of the page…what to do but rip out a page from the back of the sketchbook and continue drawing. This got me going ,why be constrained by the size of a book? Vision is unlimited why not drawing. With this particular drawing the initial breakout from the sketchbook was quickly followed by more ripped out pages added on as drawing feelers moved further afield out into the world.
Another new pen arrived from China –
Hero 9018 fountain pen with a Fude nib. Compared to the Hero 501-1 this one is a bit heavier and has a fatter body. Draws pretty much the same as the 501-1 with nice variation in the line. I’ve filled this one with some sepia calligraphy ink,it’s not waterproof but seeing as i have two pens with similar nibs thought it would add a bit of variety to the drawing.Here’s the result –