Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Drawing with Two Different Tools

Yesterday, we worked with a Nita Leland exercise from her book- The New Creative Artist

We used two different drawing tools (pencil and pen), one tool in each hand.  I like the organic flow of the lines. Others selected a colored pencil or pen along with a black drawing tool.  The possibilities are endless. One can work with each tool parallel to the other or in different directions. One side of the flowers was drawn with a pencil and the other side with a pen.  Later, I shaded in some of the areas. This exercise helps use the right side of the brain more.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Mixed Media Experimenting

Today, our sketch group started doing different exercises to get away from our usual tools and techniques and explore new ideas.  We sketched on black card stock using a white pen. Then, used different pencils, crayons to add color. Above is a drawing of my favorite jumbo-sized colored pencils:  Farb-Riese color giant Lyra pencils and Koh-I-Noor Hardtmuth Triocolor pencils. They're smooth, don't require constant sharpening and the pencil points don't break easily.

The colors from this sketch come from Caran d'Ache Neocolor II water soluble crayons. I like that you can
take a water brush and smooth out the colors or leave the original drawn texture.

I colored the flower with both the colored pencils and water soluble crayons.  We enjoyed playing with this exercise and look forward to exploring more each week.