Monday, April 11, 2016

Marker Drawings 27

Sketchbook drawings
Sharpie markers bullet, fine point, ultra fine point, Dick Blick Studio markers, 2016
sketchbook 6" x 8" (15.24cm x 20.32cm)

Well, I can't seem to stop, for now, with the marker sketches so here are some more. I keep telling myself to jump to another sketching medium for a while like pencil or india ink but I am able to get into these on a moments notice. Just uncap and go. Perfect when I am out and about. I know that is also true of other sketching mediums but I like being able to go pure black with just a swipe of the tool. No pens to fill, pencils to sharpen etc. I also like ballpoint pen for its quick and permanent application except for its fine-point-only limitation. Markers, from thin to bullet to nice wide swaths of tone. Black with no fuss, no building of tone. Commit to it and lay it down.

I suppose I should post some of my works in progress, something I don't do very often in part because I don't usually think about photographing them as I am working and because, well, I usually hate the way they look in progress.
This is especially true of my watercolors. Maybe its me since I enjoy seeing watercolors in progress from others but don't see mine the same way. Mine in progress are just scary. I don't like looking at them and will push them as quickly as possible through those beginning stages. If I didn't know better I would give on them early in the painting process. But I do and just keep pushing until I can bare to look at them.441,442,443,444,445,446


  1. Very good your drawings! I like very much. It is a very interesting exercise to work only with black and white. You have to know view the topic and simplify the fullest. Is not easy. But you learn to look at. Fantastico your work, they are small exercises synthesis.
    keep painting!

    Muy buenos tus dibujos! me gusta mucho. Es un ejercicio muy interesante trabajar solo con blanco y negro. Hay que saber ver el tema y simplificar al maximo. No es facil. Pero se aprende a mirar. Fantastico tu trabajo, son pequeños ejercicios de sintesis

    1. Hi Ricardo, Thank you very much for your comment. It is true working in black and white is a very good exercise in simplification and is not easy. It takes a different approach in thinking and very different decisions must be made then we do when working in color and full tonal. Also difficult when using medium that goes down permanent and so black from the start.
      Thanks and keep painting!...

      Hola Ricardo, muchas gracias por su comentario. Es cierto que trabaja en negro y el blanco es un muy buen ejercicio de simplificación y no es fácil. Se necesita un enfoque diferente en el pensamiento y muy diferentes decisiones debe hacerse entonces que hacemos cuando se trabaja en el color y tonal completa. También es difícil cuando se utiliza medio que baja permanente y por lo negro desde el principio.
      Gracias y sigan la pintura! ...

  2. Bonjour,

    Des dessins extraordinaires... Quel talent !

    Gros bisous ♡

  3. Hello,

    Extraordinary designs ... What talent!

    Kisses ♡

    Thank you Martine, I am having quite a bit of fun with these and enjoy working with marker and just designing for the pleasure of drawing!
    Keep drawing...

    Merci Martine, je vais avoir un peu de plaisir avec ces derniers et apprécie travailler avec le marqueur et juste la conception pour le plaisir de dessiner!
    Gardez le dessin ...

  4. Hey Buddy! I so love how you use black and whites. You are so right! So different to use! Bravo! Hope all well with you!

  5. Hi Michael! I hope all is well with you too. Yes it is different, requiring a different thinking, at least when simplifying. I will have to pop on over to your blog and see if you are posting anything recent.
    Keep painting...