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.


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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