|Some Guy Called Dan(black fine liner, watercolor, waterbrush)|
|The End of a Roach(pencil, black fine liner, watercolor)|
|A Happy Dragonfly(pencil, black fine liner, watercolor)|
The other thing I thought about while drawing these was the use of an empty space. Especially with the roach and the pliers I tried to place them on the spread differently than I usually would have. Every sketch doesn't have to be in the middle of the page. Actually placing the objects differently has a huge effect on the end result and in many cases makes the work look more interesting.
|A Factory(black fine liner, watercolor)|
|Hanging Gardens(fine liner and ink) Valley Low(ink)|
|Scales(fine liner, ink, watercolor) A Horse(ink)|
I noticed that it took some time for the ink to dry because the paper was very smooth. This is why I could play a little with the ink. I could add and remove ink before it had a chance to try. Unfortunately I didn't wait long enough and made a little mess with my fingers. I used so much ink that it got to other pages too. With all the small details in Scales and Hanging Gardens I used a Micron 0,05 black fine liner, that has become my best buddy. Finally, I added some watercolor to Scales trying to cover up some of the smudges I made.
Here's another spread I made after the small ink accident that occurred earlier. I started with the stains and ended up with some birds. A lot of smudges here too, but I don't mind.
|A Migration(ink, fine liner, watercolor)|
|Faces(fine liner, colored pencils)|
|One Orchid Left(fine liner, watercolor)|
|A Game of Chess(fine liner, colored pencils)|
I added the color, also with my left hand, and was pretty happy with the result. It made me realize the importance of my sight. A very big part of drawing happens inside your head. Everybody can make lines on the paper, the hardest part is to understand how to make them work together. When your head knows what it's doing, your hand will quickly follow. No matter which hand it is.
|Windmill (pencil, watercolor)|
Although I've been busy this summer with other art projects and gardening, I'll be back soon with some newer sketches.
|Serious (fine liner, watercolor)|
|Someone Smiles (fine liner, watercolor)|
This practice was fun to do although it may not seem that way. Using fine liner instead of a pencil and never lifting my pen made drawing a bit scary and that's why this was a good practice for me. I'm still thinking too much about the end result when I draw. That's why starting is sometimes hard for me. I'm getting better though. Practices like these help me a lot. I can enjoy the final spread even if most of the faces are far from perfect. Actually the most weird ones make me as happy as the good ones.