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Additional Information on Carl

October 5, 2012

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Above: A Pentel Pocket Brush Pen Sketch of Carl (see yesterday's post), in my 9 x 12 inch Fabriano Venezia journal.

I was going to space images of Carl out a little bit more…however, prepping for my upcoming binding class on Saturday (there were a lot of things to cut up!) took up all my free time this week.

Also I had hoped to hear from some members of the MCBA Visual Journal Collective about their book recommendations so I couldn't post that list today as I originally hoped. I'll post it next week even though it is incomplete.

Here instead is another version of Carl. A gesture sketch with the PPBP. Some of these first sketches it seems to me are the most fun because it is when you discover something for the first time. I learn what is important to me about a subject's features, I try out different approaches (you'll see a lot of those in the weeks to come). 

Try it yourself—take a beloved object or subject and set aside a couple hours. Draw it (or paint it) as many times as you can, in as many different ways as you can.

You might want to look again at Project Friday: Sketching Styles, Storytelling Approaches, Working in a Series—and a Book Review, in which I write about Matt Madden's 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style.

Today I'm not suggesting that you focus on style, or even storytelling, so much as I'm urging you to work in a series with different media and a favorite object (or subject) to discover what media and approach might be most useful for you in rendering that object or subject.

With the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen doing small details is possible but more painstaking. I like to work fast when using the PPBP. So when I use it I'm not going to end with something that is tightly and "photographically" rendered. But the exploration is still valuable to me—especially if it points me to another tool or approach that might better capture what I think and feel about the object/subject.

Come to think of it I haven't used dip pen on Carl yet…

Gotta go. Take good notes!

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