Drawing out loud
The great thing about images is that they don’t always need words to explain them.
The first two images were idea-doodles that I later decided to turn into…..
…the drawings that you see below.
I plan to produce a set of three detailed pen and ink illustrations – but as the images began in my head I needed to refer to something – can’t rub inky mistakes out with an eraser.
There’s no special ‘technique’ to my drawing and my style varies quite a lot, depending on what is called for. I’ve had no formal training and have honestly never given it much thought. I just enjoy myself. Sometimes I print out images from the internet as a means of reference and do my best to interpret what my eyes are looking at. On this occasion, as the drawings seem to have taken on a few reptilian characteristics I’ll print out some lizards or crocodiles to ensure that I depict the warty scales correctly.
Here I used an ordinary Parker propelling pencil that I’ve had for years and hardly ever used. It gives a pleasing, even tone that isn’t too dark and it doesn’t require constant sharpening. Near the end I used a Faber Castell B8 pencil to accentuate the darker areas. This morning I bought my first ever set of pure graphite sticks so am looking forward to trying them out.
There was one interesting thing that I experimented with. After sharpening my B8 pencil, on a whim I thought I’d try sweeping a paintbrush through the attractive shavings and shading areas with the pencil dust. You can’t really see the results on the exposed eyeballs in the lower picture as I used my pencil point over it. I’ll be sticking to the conventional method of shading, but it was worth a try.
If these drawings have intrigued you and you’re wondering what it is I’m trying to illustrate…then you’ll have to be patient. I haven’t started the pen & ink versions yet and as I’m still unsure what I’m doing with ink they may not be very successful.
So please, don’t hold your breath, you could do yourself some damage.
Did I begin this post by saying that images didn’t require words? Oh well.