Saturday, May 7, 2011

Scribble Sketch: the no stress approach

I call this the scribble sketch.  First you go to the dollar store and get one of those jumbo novelty pens, you know, the big one with eight different ink colors in one giant pen (cool!).  Then you start drawing your subject in whatever ink color comes the closest to the actual color (fun!).  It is a totally no stress technique because you are drawing with a ball point pen for crying out loud, no matter what you do it's not going to look that great anyway.  After your subject is drawn, throw in some cross hatching or squiggles to fill in the background a little.  Then comes the magic, add some watercolor washes, which look better if you go OUTSIDE the lines, and ta da, your scribbles end up looking okay.  You can also use Sakura jelly roller pens, they come in a wide variety of colors, which is what I used here (mine are sparkley, (more fun!).  I'm also thinking this is a very good technique to use if you are sketching from your backyard lounge chair and sipping a refreshing adult beverage. 


The Muse of The Day said...

I think you should do hundreds of these - the paintings, not the drinks. The amount of life in the lines is wonderful. The "offset watercolor looks beautiful ... almost like the flowers are moving and you "caught" them. Really, hundreds. It is not a bad idea. Carolina

The Muse of The Day said...

The best Mother's day gift I have is clear in your painting in this post. It makes me realize that we DO have it all. We have our beautiful children AND we can paint. The juggling of it all to make it happen is just details. Happy Mother's Day. Carolina