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Bow Ties and Lots of Yellow—A Pentel Pocket Brush Pen Sketch

October 2, 2013

130926_BowtieLeft: 11 x 14 inch sketch (in a Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media hardbound journal). Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and Speedball/Bienfang Watercolor Brush Pens—that's what's making all that glorious yellow. Click on the image and view an enlargement.

Last week I finished another of those large in-studio journals. It was so fun to finish on a happy note with a quick sketch of great ears, fun facial hair, and a bow tie. 

I know some of you like to guess who it is I'm sketching, so before you say Lytton Strachey I'll tell you it's a young designer on Project Runway—Brandon McDonald. (Yeah, it looks more like Lytton Strachey, but how about that yellow background?!)

(I stopped the TV to sketch this image, but I worked very quickly to get the outlines down because it was the ears that stopped me. I did the shading and coloring while listening to last week's drama—which happily has calmed down a bit. I like it when they focus on what's being made. Ironic isn't it, that I should care about clothes. For more about me and "fashion" see this Friday's post [10. 04.13].)

Here's my point, it was so much fun sketching that I'm happy. I hope you can find something or someone to sketch today and enjoy the act of sketching so much that it doesn't matter to you if it looks like that someone or something. Experiment. Try a new approach with your linework, get messy (or ultra tidy) with your shading. Sketch, Sketch, Sketch.

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