Today is day 12 of the Find your Art Style Experiment and today I am looking back into those sketchbook drawings that I dug out yesterday. I decided to try and take that same style and them, develop them and maybe add some colour. I found some reference faces to use as a guide too, even though it would be very loosely.
I decided that quantity is definitely better than quality, It’s only through doing a lot of sketches in my sketchbook that I find elements that I like.
I grabbed a load of possible pens and started drawing. The first couple of drawings using permanent black pens and watercolour markers. I wasn’t too keen on the look of these, they’d be scary to meet in a night club toilets, not that I go to night clubs anymore.
Wouldn’t want to meet these two in a nightclub toilets!
Decided I like my Dip Pen After All
On the second page, I started with a Dip pen and Lamy water-soluble ink. Funnily enough, I was just telling Sandra how I didn’t like my dip pen and today I am enjoying it. Which just shows that you cannot judge materials by only trying them once. I added water to these drawings to get some mid-tones and larger areas of black. And I quite like the looseness of the bottom middle one.
I then switched to Indian Ink which is permanent to use with the dip pen, so I could try watercolour over the top. I’ve deliberately kept these really loose and purposefully offset features. They look a bit like blind contours but I had my eyes open the whole time. Is that is good or bad. I do like the quirkiness though.
I have no patience for waiting for stuff to dry so the only thing for it was to get the hairdryer out to dry off the ink, and pretend I’m in a very low budget hair commercial.
Hmmm… wonder if I could use this style for urban sketching people?
I had a bit of fun daubing on watercolours in bright colours. I’m not sure this is the way I want to create regularly but it was fun. I would like to inject some of this loose treatment of people into my urban sketches to make them more interesting.
PS. this is how it feels on Day 12 of a creative challenge. See you tomorrow.
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