The spirograph has inspired me and I am hoping to use this tool in future drawings. The secret to keeping the spirograph stable while you make the design is not in the putty they give you in the deluxe set. . . .
Drawing is enhanced with music. But radio is just as awful as television. I stream music to avoid the talking, the media and the commercials. . . .
Self portrait preliminary sketch done with a dark grey ink. This drawing is the first scan of more to come; a work in progress. The lady in the mirror is unfamiliar. I've been doing a lot of growing and changing, but I didn't think I would ever find my reflection to be new. . . .
This self portrait is a work in progress. Yesterday I hated it, and I wanted to blot it out of the sketchbook. But with a little additional massaging today it is coming along. . . .
Peek into the studio. This photo is proof that a studio can happen anywhere. It is all I need. . . .
The new scanner arrived and was a breeze to figure out. I have new drawings that I am still tweaking, and then I remembered this one that I finished, but couldn't scan in its entirety because of scanning difficulties. . . .
My favorite pens are both Uni-ball. For drawing it is currently the Uni-ball Vision Elite, and my favorite writing pen is the Uni-ball Jetstream. The Uni-ball Vision Elite is a roller ball pen and has many endearing qualities: • It doesn’t bleed. If I go over it later with a watercolor wash, or if it gets wet, no worries. • It makes a continuously consistent line of one thickness. • It lasts for quite some time unlike gel pens. • The cap fits on the end of the pen while you’re using it. It is surprising how many pens don’t have this feature! It’s rare that I want to do a drawing with a ballpoint pen, but it has happened several times. This baby portrait is done in ballpoint. I drew my uncle’s portrait in ballpoint, but only because . . .
Wipes Make an Excellent Blending Tool Water soluble crayons and wipes turned out to be a wonderful combination. It would take many hours to get the same effect with colored pencil. I am still happy that I stumbled on this. I kept trying for a smooth and even blend of the water soluble crayons with a brush. The effect was streak filled. Once I used the wipe, the blending was very smooth and FAST. It was a surprise to learn how well this works; I was very pleased with myself. I think the secret is getting out, but in 2006 I was likely the only one that knew this trick. Add this to the list of art techniques that I invented. You can only do it once. If you try and wipe it a second time, it removes the pigment. I imagine that this . . .
This drawing was more popular than all the other drawings I posted on Flckr. This is a technique I learned from Danny Gregory's blog years ago. Don't let a lack of compositional ideas stop you from drawing. . . .
This is an example of an ink drawing that has two versions. . . .
Ink and water soluble crayon sketchbook drawing of a woman wearing a wavy locked style in tans and browns. . . .