23 February 2014

Quick Pen Sketches

Drawing directly with a pen is a challenge for many people. I was one of those. It was so daunting knowing that the marks you put down on the paper are permanent. No erasing like with a pencil. Scary... As with most challenges the more you try and practice something the more comfortable you become with it. I now love drawing directly with a pen.

For me there is something freeing and liberating about sketching and drawing directly with a pen. I really don't know how to explain it but something in my head says "well just have a go and see what happens".

A group of friends have been working on this and other drawing challenges. So we have been drawing daily, directly with pen, and trying to be loose and quick. This is to try and steer away from labouring over every line and just going with the flow.  Sometimes it works, other times not, but it is always fun. I think doing quick sketches helps you "see" things more clearly, especially when done in pen.

These are some of my quick sketches done over the last week. As I said, some worked, some could have been better but it was all fun and helps build my skills overall.








One thing I have been noticing lately is that I have also been doing more work from imagination. This has always been very hard for me in the past. Now I am feeling more confident with my skills I am able to try things for myself and express myself more freely with my own ideas and try to tell a story. It feels great! These are just a couple of examples of things I tried...



6 comments:

  1. Impressive sketching directly in ink!

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    1. It gets easier Joan, you have done it, just keep trying. :)

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  2. Great sketches:) And it's great to read that you feel more confident with your skills:)

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    1. Thank you Monica. Getting feedback always helps me along too... :)

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  3. Your description has convinced me that I should draw more directly with pen. I definitely have reliance on the pencil and it's handy eraser. I like your sketches! I really like the boy and his balloon.

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    1. Great to hear you are willing to have a go at using just the pen Amber. Thanks for the nice comments too :)

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