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 –
todays market drawings
More Cambridge market drawing.Drawing in the cold. The more i draw with this pen the more i love it
Another drawing with my new Hero 501-1 fountain pen – browsers on the book stall on Cambridge market.
Todays drawings, Cambridge market.
Drawing today with my new pen,very excited when this arrived from China –
The pen is a Hero 501-1 fountain pen,it comes with a converter so you can fill it with whatever ink you want. I currently have it filled with Noodlers black,a great permanent ink suitable for fountain pens. The pen has a Fude nib designed for Chinese/Japanese calligraphy but just the best to draw with. It has a very expressive line that has good variation,as you can see in the picture it ranges from fine to a nice wide line that is perfect for blocking in areas of black. Have been playing around with this at home getting used to its idiosyncrasies. After using other nibs that flex to get a wider line it took a while to alter drawing behavior. This nib has to be held at a different angle to achieve the same effect,which means that a finer line is got by holding the pen more vertical while the widest line is at 45 degrees. Took a bit of getting used to but now i just love it.Today was the first time I’ve tested out on location as you can see in the following images –
I think I paid $7 for this online,bargain!! Best pen I’ve ever bought for drawing. Perhaps my only gripe with it is that the converter is too small and has to be frequently filled.Apart from that i’m very satisfied with it.