A few weeks ago I was wandering the art aisle of a well-known store that rhymes with small tart, and I saw the a tiny little 4×5 sketchbook for a couple bucks. I’d been needing a small sketchbook to doodle in while on car rides and sitting in waiting rooms, so I grabbed it and decided to keep it in my purse.
Weird thing is, I didn’t realize how necessary that sketchbook would become. Continue reading “Why You should Keep a Pocket Sketchbook”
The past 1-2 weeks were difficult for me. Every time I sketched something out, I put the unfinished piece on my easel, and then it would just sit there. Because I was scared to go further, to pull out the Micron pen and draw the “final” draft. I was scared to mess up, to make a problem mark somewhere, to overdo it.
I was scared to fail. Continue reading “When You’re Too Scared to Draw”
Every now and then I’ll practice something that may or may not make it into my future illustrations. Because I learn. Even if I never use it again, I learn.
I’ve practiced hatching & cross-hatching in the past, and it didn’t make it far into my artwork. However recently I picked up a few illustration books at the library and one of them discussed hatching and cross-hatching–as well as other shading methods–and I decided to play around with it again. This time I think it has stuck. My artwork is evolving again; I can see it! While I do like the “clean” look of my most recent work, I also like the weathered quality provided by the hatching. In fact, it seems to bring forward the part of me that loves all things eerie: foggy mornings, ghost stories, fall wind, dusty photographs.
And I think that, maybe, hatching will help grow yet another branch of style for me.
At the time, I seem to like the “quick sketch” look, as I usually do, but I want to work on cleaner lines with my hatching.
Maybe it’s because I’m an info junkie, but practicing the basics is super fun for me. And because I returned to these “basics,” I’ve already sketched out four new pieces!
Is hatching here to stay? Only time will tell.