Line, line, wonderful line…I love it scribbly and organic, love it straight and criss-crossed! I’ve dabbled with this approach to drawing before, but this week I’ve been going crazy with it! I’m inspired by the drawings of Alberto Giacometti and Peter Cusack (featured in Danny Gregory’s latest book: An Illustrated Life). The process of drawing in this manner is far more beneficial to me than the end results are successful. It refines my ability to see the shapes of light and dark and see the connecting patterns. This one of three friends was especially difficult since my photo was too tiny to really see the definition in the faces, but perhaps that was good to keep the broad shapes of light & dark and not get side-tracked by the details. Here’s another couple of pages from my red Hand Book Journal of both of my daughters:
I’m then tempted to try splashing some watercolor on these drawings…here’s one I made yesterday morning of soap and lotion bottles in our bathroom (how ordinary is that?)
I love how the drawing serves as a strong form to hang the color on. The color doesn’t have to work so hard, because the structure is already there and shows through just enough! I made the following picture a few weeks ago of one corner of my studio. I do like how the Hand Book paper takes the watercolor…and the cream color gives the bright watercolors a hint of a nice subduing…well, you know what I mean!