If you’ve seen my sketches before, you know I love color. But lately, I’ve been deliberately putting aside color every once in a while. I’m hoping it’ll help me focus more on value, something that often gets lost in my play with color. (For a great exploration of value in sketches, I highly recommend Matthem Brehm’s book ‘Sketching on Location‘. )
Here are some of my recent sketches.
At the mechanic’s, waiting for my car.
Bananas in Noodler’s Bulletproof Ink.
My kids, reading ‘Captain Underpants’.
Rodin’s ‘Thinker’ at the Cantor Museum, Stanford.
Natural Bridges Beach,Santa Cruz, California. Ink and Brush.I’ve even tried doing a ‘value study’ before diving into a color sketch-except I don’t seem to use the first study when I dive into my color palette.
Palm trees and Mount Umunhum.
that is cool
I see that technique changes vastly when you leave colour out! That’s interesting…..
Monochromatic , showing Shades of Grey .
I Love the bananas! 😄
These put me in mind of a time in my far-lost youth when all magazines were filled with artists’ illustrations in black and white as well as color. It is a shame that in these times, editors and art directors of magazines have come to fall back on stock photography so often. Beautiful work, my friend.
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Thank you, Lee. I’m enjoying the exploration. Sometimes that’s so much more exciting than the finished piece 🙂