Wednesday, March 10, 2010
This is a sketch I did today at a place where I work. I really enjoyed working on this drawing because today was sunny and warm. I couldn't find one of my favorite BIC mechanical pencils in my bag or anywhere in my car so I used a ball point pen with black ink that I found in my purse with my checkbook.
I've always loved Vincent van Gogh's drawings and used to study them often. I read his letters many years ago and one of the things that impressed me was one where he's telling his brother how he'd pick reeds from a swamp and then with a pocket knife, shape a reed into a writing instrument and use it to create a drawing. He may have been trying to save money on art supplies, trying to impress his brother with his frugality. I think that Vincent would have liked this ball point pen because I never had to pause to dip it in ink or fill it with watercolor. I just drew, non-stop. It had a nice liquid 'expressive' feel to it, although I don't consider the marks nearly as beautiful as those Vincent van Gogh made with a reed pen.