When I use an approach that appeals to me or interests me in some way I want to try it again to see if I can apply it to different subjects.
After I sketched the image shown in Monday’s post I spent several days making experiments. I scribbled with all sorts of pens, with all sorts of ink colors.
One thing I found was that if there weren’t a lot of wrinkles in the subject I didn’t find the scribbling fun. I was looking for reasons to scribble instead of simply finding places to scribble organically.
That’s good information to think about when choosing subjects for this approach in the future.
In the detail image below you can see some of the different ink colors I used, and the scribbling I did over the surface.
I found that I also really enjoyed using the odd colors I typically use when I’m working with markers. (Part of this is related to the palette that was out and sitting on the drawing board, but I was also drawn, in my mind to try these experiments.)
I am working again on Arches Text Wove (Velin) in a handmade journal. When testing a new approach I like to keep certain variables constant to get a handle on the approach. Typically I’ll keep the paper constant, then try to expand to other papers. I can be a bit fussy about liking certain media and approaches on on specific papers.
What I found is that my love of flat color took over and I actually started hiding the scribbles. Working against the texture I wanted.
I think this is a normal thing to do—default to a typical working mode. But if we want to change and bring new approaches into our sketching practice we need to keep experimenting. So I continued to scribble. I’ll show you another piece in my next post.