I wanted to practice drawing form and since I’m very fond of some of Picasso’s ink drawing from his 1928 sketchbooks (Carnet Paris and Carnet Dinard) I decided to do some drawings inspired by them. A kind of Picasso fanart if you like.
I didn’t wanted to spend too much time on it, so I set a few limitations for myself; a quick underdrawing, and apart from that only using a Lamy Safari Extra Fine. No backgrounds only a little shadow to place the figures on the ground. A6 format in the form of an accordion sketchbook made from an A2 sheet of paper. I’ve used these little sketchbooks before for 15-in-a-day drawings, but this time it took me 2 weeks to finish the 15 drawings…
If you want to see the 2 Picasso’s sketchbooks I can highly recommend the book “Pablo Picasso on the Path to Sculpture”. It’s hard to find – and therefor often expensive – but try the library. In Denmark you can order it at any library. If you live in Essex you might be out of luck though; I bought their “withdrawn” copy.
Have a look at Marc Taro Holmes “How to make an accordion sketchbook” on his site, if you want to make one.
I haven’t been drawing much this year which is a really bad strategy since I really would like to get better at drawing.
Thursday evening I was looking at drawings on the internet – instead of drawing myself – and I came across the cartoonist Will Terrell who got himself out of a drawing funk by filling a sketchbook in 24 hours. I grabbed an empty sketchbook but immediately realised that with my drawing speed and 44 sheets of paper it was doomed to fail.
But on another great site (Marc Taro Holmes) I had seen how to make an accordian sketchbook from a large sheet of paper. So, I folded and cut an A2 sheet of brown/grey kraft paper giving me 16 A6 pages. A cover page and 15 drawings. Perfect!
As for a theme for my little sketch book I picked humpback whales. I’ve had an idea for a drawing that included a whale in an odd pose, but I can’t draw it. The plan was that if I drew a big pile of whale drawings I should end up being able to draw one from memory and pose it the way I want to. I don’t really like drawing from photos, but since humpback whales are in really short supply around here, photos it was. And luckily I had a folder full of reference photos from another evening surfing the net instead of drawing…
I did it, it was a great Friday project. I’m really happy with the result and I learned a lot from it.
I used Fine Liners for the hatching and also a Copic Multiliner Brush Pen in the beginning. I didn’t find the Copic felt tip flexible enough and it was very difficult making really fine lines with it. I slowly swapped the Copic pen for my Pentel pocket brush pen. That Pentel pen is really growing on me. Its fantastic, but I think it will take a lot of practice to master it. I had also planned to use a white pencil for highlights hence the toned paper but to save time, I stayed in black only.
I really liked the little accordion sketchbook format. I will be making more of these for sure. Great for small projects and bringing a few extra paper options in the holiday drawing kit. Have a look at Marc Taro Holmes “How to make an accordion sketchbook” on his site. If you like urban sketching – or drawing in general – his site is definitely worth a visit in any case.