More faces from last week’s sketches

I am remaining dedicated to my daily sketching routine.  I believe I have been focusing on faces simply because it’s so easy to find reference images and the fact that it is somewhat familiar territory for me.

However, in the future, I would like to start sketching more from life.  I typically work using a reference image.  I think I need to begin sketching in nature or in public places in order to capture the environment I find myself in.

Of course, I think given my work hours and other weekday responsibilities this opportunity for Plein Air sketching would only present itself on the weekends.

I’m not making any promises I am only saying that this is something I am working towards and something that I need.

Anyway, enough rambling, time to get to the sketches!

photo jan 24, 6 47 16 am

I used a high key photo as a reference for this sketch.  The lighting, from the right, was so brilliant that it obscured all detail on the right side of the photo.

 

I decided to try a new sketching tool this past week.  I purchased a water brush and filled it with Higgins Eternal Ink.  The ink is diluted with water to create a wash.  This is a totally new tool for me.  I think my ink to water ratio may need to be adjusted to create a more diluted effect.

The sketch below is my first attempt to use the ink wash.  My original intention was to use a pen for the necessary linework only and then use the wash to convey all of the shadows.  I quickly realized that this wasn’t going to work (at least not this time).  So I began to build up the darker areas with hatching and then tried to soften those areas using the wash.  It seems to me that I went a little overboard with the inks and ended up with a sketch that is dark and splotchy.

All well, one does have to learn.

photo jan 27, 11 40 56 am

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day!

Mike L.

6 thoughts

  1. These are amazing! I’m enjoying your artwork and look forward to seeing your next selection. Also, I noticed that your sketch paper is dotted, do you typically prefer the dotted paper over blank? I’m guessing the dots make for guides while sketching out the features of a face.

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    • Thank you for the kind words. I’m glad you like my art. The reason for the dot grid paper is simply due to the fact that the notebook that I selected for daily sketching also serves as my bullet journal and I carry it with me each day. The thought being, that it may be easier to start a daily habit of sketching if I use the notebook that I’m carrying anyway. I also have plenty of actual sketchbooks with better quality paper and I’m sure I will switch to a proper sketchbook at some point. Good eye, and thanks for asking!

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