copyright Katherine Tyrrell
Last night in my 'Drawing A Head' Class, I took a larger piece of paper and set myself a challenge. Three views of the same head - in pen and ink - and no outlining. I had to do all the studies by drawing the value structure using smallish strokes. Here's the result.
I've included an enlargement of one section so you can see how it works.
The trick I find is to stroke in the direction of the contours - if that makes sense and to set up a rhythm so that you can hatch very fast with equal distances inbetween strokes.
I hatch close together for darker values and wider apart for lighter values and then cross hatch only where I need to give more sense to the contours or need a darker value.
I had about 35 minutes for the first one (top), 45 minutes for the second (bottom left) and 30 minutes for the last one (bottom right). However I was sat very close to the model for that last one and was looking up at him and I think as a result I've left an impression of an elongated head!
I was using an Edding 1800 profipen 0.3. This has pigment ink which is lighfast - which means it's feasible to consider selling work done in pen and ink.
I think I'll need a small supply of these with me if I draw a lot more with it as I was beginning to hammer the point by the end given the very large number of very small strokes in these drawings.
You can see other posts relating to my 'Drawing A Head' class by clicking the 'drawing a head' category. in the right hand column