Faces: Dogs, People—A Little Project

June 18, 2012

120523AAADogLeft: Faber-Castell Pitt Artist's Calligraphy pen sketch with gouache washes on strips of Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media paper that were then stuck down on a pre-painted page in a 9 x 12 inch Fabriano Venezia journal.

The caption for this image sort of says it all. Why work on strips? Well I had them left over from the bookbinding process.

I just held them down on a board and worked across the split. I was just testing a quick sketch approach I thought I might be able to use at the Paws on Grand event this August. (I was also testing materials I might like to use.)

As I did more of them I progressed to actually taping the pieces down onto the board next to each other.

120523AABdogLeft: Another image I worked on.

Just around this time I injured my hand while making books.  It was a very stupid move on my part—I reached for something I shouldn't have and then I kept working in hyperdrive after the injury instead of resting the hand. 

It's my non-dominant hand and I am still able to draw. Because of that you'll see a lot of sketches of faces in the next few weeks as I progress in my faces project. Dogs, People. I guess there will be a couple birds. Not a lot of typing because even with my wrist protector thing typing is painful. I have to save that for work hours.

I hope you'll enjoy checking in to see what I'm up to.


  1. Reply

    Do heal soon! These are really nice: I like the “open” line! And using the strips is a great idea–I also have odd bits of good paper and will try this as well. Waste not want not! Rest your hand!

  2. Reply

    Ellen, thanks for the kind thoughts. My blog is often worked out well in advance so I don’t have to write posts when I have a lot of deadlines. That’s the case now. While my injured had is still giving me problems the much more serious infected incision which I didn’t even mention here, is pretty much recovered. It has been an interesting couple of weeks.

    I hope you use up your strips. It is great fun and a great way to experiment with different media and weed out things you don’t want to pursue. There is a stack of those strips that I didn’t save!!!

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