Monday, May 01, 2006

sketching on kraft paper, & pen / ink

So here are some sketches I did last week. The first pic shows exercizes from a book I got from the library, "Pen & Ink Techniques" by Frank Lohan. Great book -- particularly because the author gives you exercizes to do, rather than just showing you examples of pen & ink drawings and leaving you to figure out how to do them (as some other drawing books do).

This is a sketch I did of my friend G., reading. K. is camera shy and doesn't like being drawn, but I'll try to sneak a sketch of him in one of these days. I'm enjoying using the brown paper -- the paper itself becomes the midtone of the drawing, and you add the highlights with white chalk.

8 Comments:

Blogger Lin said...

FABULOUS, Mara!!! GREAT sketch of your friend, too!!!! SUPER SUPER JOB!

10:42 AM  
Blogger Penny said...

I have purchased some brown paper to sketch on but haven't tried it yet. This drawing is terrific!

2:12 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

Very nice - I'll have to try brown paper.

3:06 PM  
Blogger Tami said...

This is wonderful! I haven't tried using brown paper yet (still on the list of "gotta try's"). I love how this turned out.

4:09 PM  
Blogger Tami said...

Thanks Mara, another book is on my booklist!

4:16 PM  
Blogger Sioux said...

Really nice sketches...welcome to the group!!

6:17 PM  
Blogger Marilyn said...

Very nice. I like the colored paper and the white highlights.

8:03 AM  
Blogger Marilyn said...

I returned to your message and saw that you used regular old Kraft paper and charcoal.

8:04 AM  

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