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Catching up November 19, 2006

Filed under: .India,Day 13,Day 14,Day 15 — India @ 2:11 am
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I finally managed to break in one of my new Moleskine sketchbooks. First I drew the plain pencil sketch, then I did a larger version and colored it with some Grumbacher watercolors. I used my pencil to measure the proportions in both.


The sketchbook paper is heavier than that in the regular journals, but it’s definitely not intended for watercolor. The paper has a coating that makes plain or almost-plain water bead at first (it sits just fine if you dissolve enough paint in it—laying down the red was no problem). Then it sinks in all at once, making it very difficult to apply an even wash. I’d read about this but figured I’d give it a try anyway. Now I know.

Next, I drew a toy using my water-soluble Caran d’Ache pencils just as usual, and then I blended them with water. Again, there was the beading problem (look at that lame shadow!), and I wasn’t able to do the thing where you get supersaturated color by drawing on wet paper. The paper just wouldn’t wet right. Whatever. You get the idea.

Lego Maxifig


4 Responses to “Catching up”

  1. tassava Says:

    India, you stole my Lego idea! I have been toting a minifig around for days, trying to find the time to draw the World’s Greatest Toy. I still might try, since mine has a beard. I love the way your drawing captures the slightly nutty smile on their faces.

  2. India Amos Says:

    This one’s a maxifig, actually—it’s maybe eight inches tall and filled with office supplies: paper clips in the backpack, a pencil sharpener in the head, . . . I forget what’s in the other compartments. But my point is that a drawing of a minifig would be completely different.

  3. markdm Says:

    Really nice details on the lock, especially getting the red to go in just the right places on the dial so that the lines stay sharp. Impressive!

  4. India Amos Says:

    Thanks, Mark. Note that I had to draw it to 2X scale for the painted version. Also, my brush is new and has a very fine, stiff point.

    Both of the lock drawings look better to me turned on their sides, as they are here (each was drawn with the long edge of the paper toward me).

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