Getting Messy on the Page

February 8, 2016


Above: A quick (less than 5 minute) sketch of Dick (he was ready to go to bed and tired), with the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen in the Flex Book journal I'll review soon. (I wanted to take it to life-drawing co-op before I wrote my review.) Read below for more details.

My free sketching time has been rather short lately. I just started a new session of my Drawing Practice class. (I'll teach another one in 2017 if you are interested but the current class closed January 29.) On days when I can't get out and about to sketch, Dick has been obliging me by siting on the couch in the TV room.

On this page spread I had masking tape on the left page, forming a rectangle. As I drew the drawing got larger than intended and I really wanted to include the ear—so I ripped up the taped on the right side of the rectangle and the base.

Then I kept sketching off onto the right-hand page, leaving a wad of masking tape stuck, out of the way, on my shoulder.

With the sketch finished Dick went off to bed and I put down the orange Montana Marker color (with a 15 mm tipped marker). But I didn't rip up the rest of the tape and I didn't want to finish up his head, so I put down two patterns of washi tape over the masking tape, and then used a blue Montana Marker (another 15 mm tipped one) to lay in light blue strokes of color. 

I put that same marker color on my finger tip and colored the irises of his eyes.

And then I went to bed too. 

So even though I had been interacting with students all day I got a little bit of sketching in between bedtime and that was satisfying.

Also as you can see from the mess, I was having a lot of fun.

    • Paul
    • February 8, 2016

    Roz..I am amazed that you can keep up your drawing during our class. Less than 5 minute drawing…boy have I got a lot to learn!

    • Joe
    • February 8, 2016

    It pays having a teacher (former but still my sketchbook teacher) who sets such a fine example. NO EXCUSES!!!!!!

  1. Reply

    Thanks Paul, but I do have to draw everyday regardless of what’s going on. You can get a lot done in 5 minutes.

  2. Reply

    Thank you Joe. I hope you are filling pages with great sketches every day!

  3. Reply

    oh I just love this one- the colors!!!!

  4. Reply

    Thanks Terry, I really liked that blue and orange combo with different values than I usually use!

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