So, I went onto lesson 6.
It was a disaster for me. It frustrated me. I couldn't get it right. I was bummed big time. So I gave up that lesson and decided to do my own.
Last week I watched a video of Quentin Blake (I'll put this video at the bottom of this post for anyone interested) illustrating a picture from one of his books. He used a real fountain pen and painted right over the ink with watercolors. I was fascinated. I didn't know they wouldn't smear....so I bought a real pen at Wal-mart a couple of days ago and decided to get it out and see how I did with it.
I also skipped ahead to Carla's scribble lesson a did a bit of that. I've realized that this book is set up that you can skip ahead and go back. You don't have to do these lessons in order.
So here's what I did today:
I bought a graph paper notebook yesterday to see what it would be like to draw on it. It is kind of cool, but this kind of ink soaks through notebook paper. I put a piece of tracing paper to keep it from bleeding onto the next page.
If you know the original art from Carroll's Alice books you might recognize Alice's legs and the Jabberwocky's mouth.
This one didn't copy well. Couldn't find the camera so I scanned this. It is my son Hawken lying on the floor.
Scribbling is a good exercise. Getting to a place where you draw with a loose and fluid hand is so important. Plus, it is easier on the hand. I felt it with my aching joints today.
I am learning things I prefer - -so far I love paint and ink.
I need to have fluid movements and a loose hand.
I should NEVER criticize the work while working.
If I am not enjoying what I am drawing or the technique -- if it is no fun whatsoever -- then I don't do it.
AND, I have found that watching other artists work really helps. So, as I stated above, I am going to cut and paste the Quentin Blake video (actually, this is a different one, but there are lots of illustration videos on YouTube...Take time to watch some). I will also cut and paste a video that features David Catrow drawing one of his favorite characters. Hope you enjoy them. Thanks for being part of my journey.