Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Line and Tone

In a recent comment, Johan says he was surprised to see my drawing style being so outlined in contrast to my paintings. I've gotten this comment before and it's worthy of some reflection.
I find the link between drawing and painting for me is in direct mark making. I like to use confident strokes, so with a brush of some width this lends itself to filling in value and color in broad strokes. However, with a .5 mm mechanical pencil tip I find this type of mark making lends itself to lines and details. Maybe I'll try using more graphite sticks as I usually do when I attend figure drawing sessions, though I worry what kind of mess I might make of the coffee shop where I draw. Thanks for the comment Johan, it's a good reminder!