I haven’t done any architectural drawing this past year, but I still draw people on the el every day. My 8th sketchbook for this project is half way full… at this point I turn the book upside down and draw on the empty pages going back to the beginning. Since I have a decided preference for drawing profiles of people facing to my left, this works out great : ) My facebook art page has an album where I have some images of these sketches.
Airtable, as I mentioned in a previous post, is wonderful for keeping track of the drawings and all their related information (which page are they on in the particular sketchbook, which way are they facing, are they ‘wired' in (listening to something with earbuds or headphones) etc.) From doing the studies that I showed in the previous post, the actual drawing on the good paper will be from the sketchbook drawing directly, in addition to the large photo-shopped version on the computer screen, so it’s helpful to know how to find the original sketch.
I’m ordering the Stonehenge paper roll from Talas, as they seem to be the cheapest.
The weird thing is…. my friend Cecile mentioned something the other day about how she liked the darker paper because the white of the earbud wires would show up better….. and she’s right. It occurred to me as I was writing this today that the darker paper, the Stonehenge Kraft, was closer in tone to an old favorite paper of mine.
Many moons ago, I took a few classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. It is a very traditional school and I loved it. If I could, I would still be taking classes there. Well, one of the traditional things they do is have you sketch plaster casts of classical statues. I was doing a drawing looking down on a terra-cotta bust of some old guy, a pope or a bishop, on this darker beige paper that was thick and cheap and was wonderful to draw on. That is when I first discovered that you could lightly layer colored pencils in a wonderful way. Up until then I never really used colored pencils. I was just a regular pencil and ink type of artist.
The thing I loved about this was the tones you got when layering oranges and purples on top of each other. It was a revelation to me.
Well, Cecile, I think you are right and these drawings will be more effective and fun to draw on the darker Stonehenge. Thanks : ) see, if I had ordered the Fawn, it would be a completely different project. Procrastination pays!
thanks for reading,