Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Two Minute Gestural Sketch Using Sepia Pitt Artist Pens

This poor sketch is a little rough as I allowed myself two minutes to execute it.  A gestural sketch of my late husband's Wimpy Cat as he snoozed on my lap.  We console each other from time to time.  Wimpy misses Alex as much as I do.  He used to follow him everywhere, even shifting cattle and wading through flood irrigation paddocks.  Where the Master went, Wimpy fearlessly followed.

I'm trying to develop more freedom and looseness in my sketching and I think these little timed exercises might be the way to go.  I have a couple more I'll post later.

This quick sketch is done using my new Sepia coloured set of Pitt Artist Pens.  Here I only used the so-called brush tip and the "S" tip which is Super Fine.  Not a good enough workout to review the pens.  That will happen soon.  The only comments I can yet make on them is that I'm a bit disappointed in the colour.  It's not quite what I envisage as a true "Sepia".  I would like to see a tad more warm yellow in the base colour.  Other observation is that they are definitely waterproof as I spilt a whole glass of fruit juice over this sketch.  Thank heavens it was unsweetened!

11 comments:

  1. It's a sweet sketch. I used to draw my cats like this, always sleeping or with their back to me, cause the minute they would see me paying that much attention to them they would come up to me to get petted, which is nice and all, but makes for difficult sketching ;-)

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  2. Lovely sketch Dale - I love the way you've captured those shoulder blades. Also a thorough test of the pen's waterproof qualities ;)
    Sue

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  3. Yes Caatje, that eye contact is the death of a sketch isn't it? My cats are getting ancient, so are sleeping a bit heavier. I can actually get a photo of them sleeping now without them stirring and take it from there. But if I stare at them while I sketch..............!

    Thanks for the kind comment.

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  4. Thanks for the kind words Sue. I did think the sketch was a gonner when I tipped up the glass. The cat left in a hurry!

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  5. Nice sketch, I love gesture drawing my cats too :)

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  6. Thanks Rebecca. I do really appreciate the comment. Love your work. Wish I could even vaguely approach your wonderful economy of line.

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  7. Only two minutes! That is amazing - it is a lovely sketch.

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  8. Limiting the time I can spend on the drawing is one of the best ways for me to force myself to loosen up, too. That and drawing animals - as I know I'd better hurry to capture the basics before they stretch or move! Nice job on this, and I like the way his tail is curled around.

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  9. Thanks for the comments. They are appreciated. I find that small sketches take me longer than larger ones. This one takes up a bit over half of an A4 sheet. If I was drawing in a tiny pocket sketch book I'd still be fiddling with the drawing.

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  10. I love how you captured the essence of your cat in just two minutes!

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  11. Thanks Cathy. Must confess that I was a bit surprised that the sketch was recognizable as a cat in just two minutes. I don't consider myself competent at drawing anything much. I enjoy flinging colour around the most, but if I'm going to improve with this pen and ink bit, I have to set myself some learning tasks and this was one of them.

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