For the past few months I’ve attended weekly free life drawing sessions hosted by Twenty-Two, a combined bar and gallery. I practically break my neck to get there early in order to find the best seat.
For several weeks now I’ve been drawing the human form in pen. Pen is scary and yet wonderful at the same time. It gives the work some boldness, like an inked comic book. To me it’s an unforgiving medium leaving little, if any room for mistakes. Ultimately, I had to attack it fearlessly with the understanding that I was going to make errors. It was that feeling of, “Yeah, I screwed that up, so WHAT?” It’s very liberating.
An artist who frequently works in pen told me that if you make a mistake, you just draw around it. Well I took his advice to heart and drew around a LOT of stuff, although over time I seem to be doing less of that. I’m nowhere near perfect with the pen, but I’m improving. I’m also taking my time by studying the subject a little more in order to improve my accuracy.
One of my favorite things to do is to use crosshatching to define shading on the model and folds in the fabric covered props. I can control how light or how dark I want to make the subject by drawing the crosshatching lines tight together or further apart.
Here are my tools, a set of four ballpoint pens that I purchased from Office Depot. Initially I was drawing the model in one color, however lately, I’ve been experimenting by using two different colors.