Did some work in my sketchbook experimenting with conte stick, dry pastels, Pitt pens and watercolours.
This first drawing was in conte stick and dry pastel.
I Enjoyed working with the dry pastels, using different shades and blending with my finger tips. That felt very tactile, which I enjoy. I then added the conte to give a defined outline, but I wish I hadn’t added the conte crayon, as I don’t like the final look.
The second drawing was in dry pastels and Black Pitt pen.
I drew the rabbit in black Pitt pen and used one continuous line. This method is not so accurate, but feels very fluid and free, which I really enjoy. I then added the pastels in fairly random places and blending with my fingers. I blended outside the outline, as I enjoy not being restricted by lines and boundaries, both in my personal life, and my art.
The final piece, I used the black Pitt pen and some watercolour paints.
I again used the continuous line method, and then added watercolour paints in a very loose style. This is a method I really enjoy using as it feels fluid and free. I think I could have introduced a wider variety of colours to add more interest. I also could have built up shadow and highlight areas, to create a more sculpted, three dimensional effect.
I enjoyed these sketches, and keeping a sketchbook is really encouraging me to experiment and see my progress.