Thursday, January 26, 2006
The conversation on the Everyday Matters group this week concerned the differences between sketching with pencil and sketching with ink.
I have to admit that my 'comfort zone' is DEFINITELY pencil. I say this not simply because sketching in pencil allows erasing (which I believe I REALLY NEED! LOL), but I also enjoy the various shadings I can create from graphite. As someone new to sketching, the flexibility afforded me with one simple tool is amazing, and though I have a long way to go to MASTER shadings in pencil and graphite, I've gotten comfortable with this simple tool.
That said, I have noticed of late that my sketching with pencil and having that handy eraser SO CLOSE has made me a bit sloppy ... I've begun sketching what's in my MIND and NOT was is in front of my eyes. SIGH.
So, to stop a bad habit from forming, I picked up my Vision Elite pen and sketched the vase of winter flowers that were on the table at the B&B. (The B&B owner has a fantastic garden and landscaping and there is ALWAYS something abloom. Pictured here are some Breath of Spring and Butchers Broom flower stalks. So cheerful! BTW, I think 'Butchers Broom' must be a locally known common name for this flower as I couldn't find its Latin name.)
I really liked the way the pen and ink turned out ... but was asked to add some color by the owner. Since she's the one who ALWAYS offers me a cup of tea no matter how late I come in, I decided to add the color. She loved it!