Contour Drawing Practice

Contour Drawing Practice

Contour Drawing Practice

Today I worked on the week 2 assignment for the Sketching Now Foundations course offered online by Liz Steel. The assignment was to set up a still life with three objects – one with straight edges, one with curved edges, and one free form or textured.

Contour Drawing Setup Photo

Contour Drawing Setup Photo

I set my objects up on a seamless white background and lit them with a single light from the left side.

I like to do a warmup drawing before I begin. This time I thought I’d use my iPod Touch, set the clock’s timer for three minutes, and draw with my finger in the Sketch Club app.

iPod Touch Drawing Warmup

iPod Touch Drawing Warmup

This is a good option for doing warmups. It gives me a chance to explore the subject and warmup my sketching muscles. It also has the advantage that I don’t have to waste space in my sketchbook doing a preliminary drawing.

I used a Strathmore Bristle 11 x 17 inch (27.9 x 43.2 cm) 300 series pad of paper. It’s a nice smooth heavyweight paper great for pen and ink. For exercises like this I like using a large sheet so I can compare and keep all the drawings in one place.

I drew with my favorite little fountain pen the Kaweco Sport with an extra fine nib which I bought from Jetpens.com. Yesterday I figured out how to fill the pen’s international short cartridge (it doesn’t have a converter) with Noodler’s Bulletproof Black ink using a small syringe. It worked great. I love this little pen. It starts every time, flows well (doesn’t skip) and makes both fine and bold marks depending on angle and pressure. Perfect for sketching.

Today I sketched sitting down at my tilt top table. I prefer standing up like I did yesterday. It feels confining to sit.

My hand/eye coordination is getting better with practice. I really enjoyed getting lost in the flower shapes. I managed to describe their shapes pretty well without looking at the page. I can see using this technique to make a very respectable quick sketch on location with maybe a splash of watercolor.

Jim

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