Continuous Line Drawing: Pens and Pencils

photoAnything can be the subject for a sketch, and in this instance I used my makeshift pen holder as my subject. Continuous Line drawings are one of my favorite ways to practice capturing a still life. Because your pen can never leave the page it forces you to really consider the edges of things you are looking at. I started with the cup and it took me a while to remember how to transfer what i’m seeing to paper. By the time I got to the pens and pencils at the end I was doing much better. The scissors were attempted in the middle and I would be curious to try it again. It was difficult to figure out how to handle the depth and the double image of two pairs of scissors.

 

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Sketchbook Saturday: Graffiti

In High School I took a workshop on writing graffiti letters. It was really fun, although very challenging. It was a good way to spend time in lecture, instead of idly listening to whatever my teachers were talking about. I happen to be one of those people who does well when doodling and listening at the same time.

These images are a collection of practice sketches I made throughout my later years in High School, all around the time I took the workshop. The words on the collections are: Moxie, Monotonous (spelled wrong), Quagmire, Whimsy, Entropy (maybe), Cacophony, Escape and Maelstrom.

I would like to play with this art form again. I like words a lot and use them frequently in my art. Check back at a later date to see if I dip back into this art form.

Sketchbook Saturdays: Magazine Practice

I don’t know if anyone in the world really cares to see my process as an artist. Well to bad world I’m posting it anyway. 1. in case someone out there finds my various sketches and doodles inspiring or helpful and 2. because I would like to have my skethbooks preserved for posterity in case something terrible happens to them. Some have already fallen prey to spilled cups of tea, water, and sun damage so I’m getting things together quick.

Today I’m sharing some of my practice sketches. ^_^

One of my favorite ways to improve my drawing skills that I haven’t practiced in a long┬átime is to take images from magazines and try to draw them. Doesn’t always turn out great, but it is a quick and easy to take what you see and recreate it. As far as I know still lifes are still the number one way to improve art skills and gain a deeper understanding of how scale and size and shadow work. However we can’t always have a convenient pile of random things to draw in front of us, so hence I turn to magazines. Plus its already 2D, which I realize is cheating but it makes me feel better.