I have been wanting a sketchbook with black paper for a while. I finally purchased one in early January along with a 3 pack of white Sakura Gelly Roll pens in white. The pens came in 3 weights 10, 08, & 05. The portrait below was sketched with the 05 and 10 weight pens.
The sketchbook is a Canson 7″ x 10″ (17.8 cm x 25.4 cm). It’s 40 pages of 92 lb. (150 g) paper. The pages are perforated so drawings can easily be removed (if worthy, haha).
This was a fun sketch but, you have to remember to focus on sketching the highlights, instead of the shadows. I had to constantly remind myself of this fact. I am so used to sketching the shadows. Starting off light and working my way into the darkest areas of the subject is my usual approach. This sketch was the complete opposite of that usual technique, plus I was using the Gelly Pens which is a very opaque medium so I had to be very conscious of my strokes.
Still, it was a good exercise and I look forward to creating more sketches within the covers of this book.
The portraits below were sketched this past weekend. You will find that these are not as carefully drawn as some of my previous work. Truth is, all 3 were rushed just a bit. I’m not sure why I think it may be somewhat due to being created on a weekend and being outside of my usual early morning zen routine.
In the end, it really doesn’t matter. When I decided to start sketching again I promised myself that I would not overvalue my sketchbook. I’ll allow myself the freedom to create as I see fit in the moment, and that is exactly what I am doing. So some of my sketches may turn out a bit rough and some may be wonderful. I think it is all part of the creative process.
Giving yourself the freedom to experiment, the freedom to create a mess, I think this will lead to greater creativity and skill.