Sunday, 1 February 2015

Sketchbook 026

For the month of January, returned to the humble pencil for most of these pages.

On the minus side, you could get in a loop of going over heavy lines and dark areas again and again as pencil seems to dull, smudge and lose its sharpness in no time. On the plus side, it's just so dang flexible and great. Really reminded me that the pencil is the starting point and baseline of how I've worked through the years. It's so simple and dependable and you can get great build ups of weight and texture.

Remember hearing an anecdote from the days of the American/Russian space race. America spent time and money developing a non-leak pen that could be used safely in zero gravity. Russia used pencils.

Maybe in the month ahead, will use a combo of pencil and pen...