As I mentioned previously, I have been very inspired by Danny Gregory’s “The Creative License” and have started an illustrated journal of sorts. I have been using it to record the minutiae of my everyday life, including tackling some of the EDM Challenges.
Here’s #84 Draw some bread:
And numbers #4 & #202 Draw your mug & draw a cookie
In Danny’s book he promotes using a pen rather than pencil to sketch. I like the pens for outlining shapes and am starting to feel a bit more confident in recording contours, but I really don’t know how to add texture or dimension or shading. For example the bread & cookie both look a little flat to me, because although I was trying to record the patterns and textures of the surfaces, I struggled to make them look three dimensional in the way that I could using pencils. And I am starting to long for some colour! But am not sure what to use for this – watercolours, gouache, colouring pencils, pastels…? I have ordered some of Danny’s recommended drawing books from the library so hopefully I will find some technical help there, but in the meantime, I am enjoying the drawings and recording my thoughts with them – however inane 😉