Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Covering all the angles part 2

Very simple technique and it will so improve your confidence, style and speed, not to mention accuracy! 

Track the angle you wish to draw with your eye whilst moving your pencil on the paper in the same direction and at the same speed.

Check the angle of your line by laying the pencil on it, then without twisting the pencil, shut one eye to remove focusing problems, and hold it up to the angle of the object you are drawing.  If your line is a bit out, you are then in a good position to fix it.

Go on, you know it makes sense ;)

Monday, 27 April 2015

Covering all the angles ...

Deans Court EC4

.. with a pencil in the air. My last couple of drawings have been pretty much lacking in any 3D attributes. So on Saturday down by St Paul's, I thought I should find something different from that. This building is totally insane and I haven't got a clue what it is apart from maybe someone's Deanery. I figured that out from the address. 

Friday, 10 April 2015

Iron Gall

The George Corner

At Christmas, I bought a bottle of Iron Gall ink from Cornelissen's.
It is very thin and no where near as black as Indian. It has a wonderful smell, rather like red wine and it doesn't blot! Well not for me it didn't. Other advantages are that it dries pretty quickly,  and the very fine lines you get when the nib is running dry, look like pencil. And it is "made to an ancient recipe". I think it's magic. But not waterproof.