Saturday, October 20, 2012

Pen and wash on location and the cure to self-consciousness!

Yesterday in Melbourne it was a beautiful sunny afternoon - perfect for location sketching. Which is exactly what I did!

I wanted to play with the wash technique with the Pilot pen (cheap, non-waterproof, non-lightfast, but good for on-the-go) but found it's not great for detailed work. It's probably best used for broad brushstroke stuff. I like the detail of the tops of the building facades of this era of architecture in Melbourne's inner north so next time I will focus more on that part of the drawing - you can see I started a wash up there and then backed right off.

The second drawing was from a different spot, same street, and I didn't like the way the blue pen was working out so decided to go ahead and draw right on top of it because I don't like ripping out pages or leaving them if I don't like what's going on.

I also think I may have discovered the secret to losing your self-consciousness when drawing in public. Just position yourself, as I accidentally did, on a street table at a cafe with this right behind you:

Jeepers! For the first twenty minutes I kept turning around thinking someone was looking over my shoulder! It cured me of my paranoia though... If you can't find anything similar, you could BYO mannequin, which I guarantee will definitely get you more attention than the drawing you're doing. Problem solved.