Trying out a 4 color Bic

Just a bit of sketchbook experimentation

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I have seen other artists create portraits using a 4 color Bic pen and I wanted to give a shot as well.  It was a nice experience seeing some color on the page for a change.

I have a bit of ink bleedthrough from some handwritten notes on the back of the page.  But, that can happen sometimes.

Just a bit of fun and experimentation.

Have a great week. – Mike

 

Gorilla Sketch

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Back to pen & ink for this one. 

I started out sketching a Gorilla portrait, but…I’m not sure if that’s what I ended with?

I just don’t feel that I really captured the gorilla the way I intended to.  Something seems a little off to me.  Perhaps the lower portion of the face it a bit too narrow or the jawline is too square.  I’m not sure what it is…

None the less, he was fun to draw.  He kept my pen moving and my mind focused for a while.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this sketch.

Gorilla Sketch
This sketch was created using Micron 005, 08, brush pen, ink wash, Gelly Roll 08 for highlights, & just a touch of color from an orange Sharpie.

 

As always, thanks for visiting!

Mike L.

Hornet Sketch

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Another page from my sketchbook.

My sketching habit is becoming more integrated into my daily routine.  Quite often I not only sketch in the early morning hours but try to sneak a little time in the evenings as well.

Putting the pen or pencil to paper is such a therapeutic experience.  It’s so calming for me, to focus purely on the creation of a sketch.  To see a sketch take form beneath the pen is a satisfying and pure experience that serves to ground me and allow me to let go of the outside world, if only for a short period of time.  This exercise is now becoming an essential part of my day.

For this sketch, I started with a light pencil outline to get the proportions correct.  Once I was satisfied, I began laying down the ink with a Micron 005 and continued with ink until all the base linework and hatching was established.  Then I used Copic markers to add color and some amount of shadow.  Lastly, I use a white colored pencil and a white gel pen to create limited highlights.

Hornet Sketch

Thank for viewing my work!

Mike L.