Danny: Draw and Feel - A Demonstration
Hang out with me as I create a spread in my journal.
- Your sketchbook is the story of your life.
- As you draw, you meditate on the things that have significance and asssociations
- Think about meaning and feeling as you draw, not just accuracy and technique.
- Background layer: watercolor wash in warm color.
- Overall shape drawn with brush in gouache, cool color.
- Consider composition. Where does the shape sit on the page?
- Your media and colors can reflect your feelings.
- Contour drawing begins with outside shape.
- Measure dimensions.
- Look for landmarks.
- Next fill in the interior shapes.
- Draw shapes, not things. Ignore labels, names, symbols.
- Draw one shape, then the shape next to it.
- Don't fret about perfection. The lines are passing through your own imperfections. That's what makes it art and a reflection of who you are and what you feel.
- Be here now. Be you.
- Use heavier lines to emphasize certain parts.
- Don't overwork.
- White charcoal pencil adds texture and dimension.
- Ink splattered with toothbrush adds texture.
- Write a story to accompany your drawing.
- Make your lettering expressive. A visual element.
- Final look: Does your drawing need a little something extra?
- The pen I am using in the demo is a Kuretake Fudegokochi Brush Pen - Super Fine. It costs US$3.50 at jetpens.com
- You can read more about my experience with it on my blog.
- Only shortcoming: The ink is not waterproof so can’t be watercolored over.
- I have switched to a similar but waterproof pen: The Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen - Hard - Blue Body. It costs US$2.50 at jet pens.com
Discussion: Any thoughts, revelations, disagreements?