This week I received two new/used books that I ordered through Amazon……..one is “The Creative License” by Danny Gregory. So many artists recommended and referred to this book on their blogs, I had to read it. I was not disappointed. I like his writing style and his drawing skills, just know this is not a how-to book…more a “you can do it book”. Sometimes people just need a little encouragement and this would do it.
The second book, titled “ A Pacific Northwest Nature Sketchbook” was written by Portland, Oregon artist Jude Siegel. I haven’t read this but I have browsed and I’m looking forward to learning more about her color choices and sketching style.
All of this encouragement and great sketching has encouraged me to experiment a little. I have these great Pilot Parallel pens that I bought for calligraphy but I’m trying to learn to draw using the wide edge and the thin edge of the nib. Fun stuff happens!
There are two pens, each nib is a different width, and they hold a changeable ink reservoir so you have several choices of colors.
The drawing on the left is with the wider nib and so it makes a bolder, thicker line, where I used a thinner nib on the right and the changes of line width are more subtle.
The photo below is just drawing with a pen….no pencil allowed, that can get interesting.
In keeping with my new, freer style I did this………………….
It’s spring and it’s Sweet Pea Time!!!!
So, I’ll leave you with some Danny Gregory thoughts: make time to practice drawing, painting, sewing, cooking, singing…whatever it is that you do that is creative…..JUST DO IT!
Why are athletes held in higher esteem than artists? And he will introduce you to some of his interesting friends.