We are on a journey through another one of my small artist sketchbooks. As with all my books of this type, I take a sketchbook and fill it with whatever I feel like doing at the time. No planning, just enjoyment.
This book was done between August 2020 and February 2022, more or less (I date each page as I do it).
I don’t go through the book page by page in order, though in general the earlier images are at the front and the later ones following – but sometimes I skip pages and come back later, or do some other thing. No reason, that is just how I do it.
Let’s take a look.
Here’s today’s page spread.
Here are individual views of the pages.
Love the silhouette people
Thank you. Some time back I got a book from the library (and subsequently bought it to keep) that showed many different ways to draw figures. This technique is one that I particularly liked.
I really like the 1960s vibe of the first page whereas the second piece made me think of 1980s neo-expressionism.
Thank you. I like the figures group but I really like the beach scene, I enjoyed fitting all the people into the page no matter what their scale or relationship and then enjoying what story(ies) that might be told about the scene.
Well you opened it to questions – I would like to know how you did that grouping of people – I love that one!
I’m glad to answer it. I used India ink and a bamboo brush for the figures and just kind of swished them into being. I learned this technique some years ago from a book called Figure Drawing Methods for Artists (from Amazon) that laid out dozens of different ways to depict figures (I highly recommend it). I did the figures on the white page and then colored around them with a wash of acrylic inks, also using a bamboo brush.