I’m working in a handbound journal made with Zerkall Nideggen (it has a lovely fiber fleck of texture throughout). I guess paper nostalgia must be my theme for the week because I just realized as I was typing that this paper has been discontinued. (I have a couple more books of it held back from book binding sessions for later use so you’ll still see me draw and paint on it in the future.)
I started this sketch with a Pentel brush pen with pigmented ink. That allows me to paint over the lines. I’m using watercolor here with little water when I want it to be more opaque. And when I’m making visual notes of where I want the highlights on the face to go I’m adding a bit of white gouache into my yellow, red, and blue paints. I don’t usually like to get so “chalky,” but my real thought here was to go after what I could find as “vocabulary” for painting this beard.
It’s a fun exploration to do this because your brain will remember this the next time you have a white-haired subject, or whatever type of interest the subject of your choice had.
I find these types of journal pages the most fun. I can see from my note that I videotaped the session. Funny how things change: normally I wouldn’t have used just a study for one of my Patreon videos, but when I look at this and remember my thoughts on the day I want to go and watch the video and see if I commented at all about process between the coughing bouts.
I hope today brings you a chance to experiment and learn some new visual vocabulary!