I’m especially taken with this drawing. It’s not often that I look at my own work and think: oh, who did that? I like coming back to my sketchbook to look at all the lines, both crosshatched and twirly. I really love that combination in the line work. I also love the areas that are left UNdrawn: the left side of her neck, her right arm, and the left side of the gift bag. As you can tell, I’m really enjoying my trusty ball-point pen. These days it’s the cheapy Bic in medium point that gets a work out here in the book of Sanity (a sketchbook I began just before Christmas to maintain some sense of sanity throughout the holidays and which I’m feeling the need for even more now that the holidays are over:/
I made these drawings from photos of our oldest daughter’s 16th birthday back in October. Gosh, it seems so long ago now. But only yesterday that she was a wee tiny baby smiling and laughing in my arms. In this drawing, I cropped off a good bit of the photograph which included the card she was holding and reading. Once again, I like what is left UNdrawn and all the twirly lines mixed in with the crosshatching.
Why is it that lines can fascinate someone so much? I often wonder why I drift back into this way of drawing. Recently I pulled out all my sketchbooks and began to see a pattern: when winter comes on, there are many more cross-hatch drawings. I wonder if my delight in all the lines I see outside (barren trees) and the beautiful value patterns devoid of their usual riotous color, affects my drawings. I must be drawn (hee hee:) to them in my sketchbook as well.