Today I’d like to share a picture of a sketch I created using Derwent Inktense Pencils. These wonderful pencils are water-soluble but vibrant colours, once the pigment has been washed out in the image, it sets fast further re-wetting doesn’t disturb the earlier colours. This means you need to think ahead a bit for colour blending but also has a big advantage, I found overlaying colours with traditional water-soluble pencils disturbed earlier layers, so personally I adore these pencils and you will see a lot of projects with them here.
Just to prove I can draw something other than roses, today’s picture features an acorn and a cone, kindly sent to me by Garden Pinks.
This has inspired a whole new train of thought for my drawing and I have been putting together what I call a forage box. Autumn is such a colourful time of year, making it a great time to get photographing the wonderful scenes around us as the trees change colour. The idea of the forage box came from the fact that I take forever to draw things, and sometimes in the case of flowers, in particular, they don’t always last as long as I need them too. Things like leaves and twigs however seem to last lots longer so they are ideal subjects for those of us who like to take a while to draw & sketch them.
Ten minute sketches are really great for focusing the eye into subjects and getting the most essential things down. I have also re-discovered a love of Teasels. I found one on a walk at a bird reserve recently and left it on the table next to me, if you have something that you want to draw, leaving it in your workspace for a while really gets you looking at it in more detail. The more you look at it the more you see. Then when you come to draw it you feel you have a better understanding of the item in question. This along with LOTS of practice has made a big difference to my drawing this year.
Hope you like the picture, more on the way. Off to get Christmas crafting