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!
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.
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