Saturday, 30 March 2019

The Drawing Force Surrounds Us

For a long time now I have been struggling with drawing, the thing I love the most. Above is a sketchbook drawing made using a brush pen, in the park, a few weeks ago. Using a brush allows me to 'mark make' and abstract away from pure line work in a way that dip pens and their like didn't. Cutting out some of the frustration I was feeling. Silhouettes become stronger and it allows the drawing force to take over. (The drawing force is something I believe in. I have been drawing for myself and others since I was 16 so if practice does make perfect, I should be a lot better than I am 36 years down the line).

I scan the sketchbook image in Black and White A4 at 600 Dpi. This gives a nice solid feel to the page, to the extent where I lose the squiggly bits I added in after with white paint, but I'm all right with that. It makes the image fresh to my eye again. I clean up the centre line, resize it from A4 to A3 at 300Dpi in Photoshop and rewrite the date. I have colouring plans for this similar to the Same Tree pages I did but that is for another day. 

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