Tired of these??

I’m not! Enjoying so much the play of line as value, movement, and texture.  I like asking myself, “What kind of line will express this direction or movement in the sky? How can lines and the build-up of them, show depth and time of day?  Will certain lines give the feel of clouds? grasses? hay?

Is it even possible to create a sense of color using only black & white and shades between?  I think so.  Sometimes, I wonder if the color we “make up” in our minds eye might  be lovelier than the color I, the artist, might imbue the image with?  As artists we’re often exhorted: Leave something for the viewer to insert in the picture.  Or:  Don’t describe everything for the viewer…allow them to take part in completing the image.   I’ve long thought that black and white images, whether they be charcoal, graphite, or pen and ink are just as (if not more so!) entrancing and engaging to me, the observer, than many color images.  Of course, it’s all in the deftness of the artist’s hand no matter what the medium.  But when I open a book on a particular artist, complete with big, glossy, colorful images of his/her paintings…it’s often the drawings and sketches that attract me the most.

As my teens say…Go figure!

0 thoughts on “Tired of these??

  1. Ann says:

    Not tired of you drawings at all! I love your pen and ink sketches! I keep wanting to try to draw with pen but chicken out every time. You have inspired me to give it a go 🙂

  2. Alex Tan says:

    Yeah, I can’t understand how you can get bored of these. 🙂 They are awesome, and look like a lot of fun! I wish I could cross-hatch like that. I am just too lazy or scared that I would mess up the whole thing. I think it takes a lot of produce a good cross-hatched drawing, and you have all that ^^

  3. Dan says:

    Wow – I love the crosshatching – the whole feel of these! Keep on going with these, they are great!!

    When I was a kid, I swore that shadows had direction and color. I still do.

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