Even with a Large Page Size the Gutter Can Trick You

January 27, 2014


The above sketch is from my 9 x 12 inch Fabriano Venezia in-studio journal. So that's a lot of acreage across the spread. Even so the gutter can hang me up when I'm measuring visually on the fly. (I had just watched Denzel Washington in "Two Guns" with Mark Wahlberg, so I pulled out my journal and rewound to a nice stopping point.)

I was working with one of the Pentel Color Brushes that is watersoluble. (You can read about the different Pentel Brush Pens here.) When I was all done I scribbled in some metallic colored pencil to see what it would look like with this pen—always checking.

The ear was what attracted me to this pose and I lost it across the other side of the gutter, fiddling with the jaw. 

The good news is that I'm that much closer to knowing better next time.

I'll pay more attention to my angles, I'll watch my spacing, maybe I won't even lose my highlights. I will definitely still have fun.

I hope you have some fun sketching today.

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