Ok, apology done - now I'm back in business with a small pen & ink drawing with a watercolor background.
artwork copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
Topsy-Turvy Turban Shell
6"h x 4.5"w
Sakura Pigma Micron ink pens with Winsor-Newton watercolors
Arches hp watercolor paper
Having had to do a myriad of time consuming, headache inducing, tasks this week, I've had very little time for my art. The drawing, small though it is, is of one of my many shells in my shell collection - a Turban Shell (I think) flipped over. Headaches and annoyances do sometimes call for stolen moments of something you really would rather be doing - hence this little piece.
I've always enjoyed doing small contour drawings where the contour line is almost continous - meaning I don't pick up the pen from the paper. It's somewhat like a blind contour, but differs because I do look at both the subject and the paper while I'm drawing - so it's not really a blind contour. Then I combine some more concentrated/controlled lines, or color, to the surroundings of the subject - such as the controlled hatching in the shadows around the shell. It's the contrast of control and flowing that I'm after - a bit like life. ;-)
Was I successful? I don't know, but I enjoy drawing this way.
This weekend (hopefully), I'll post the sketches/drawings that I did at the Beeld en Geluid Instituut. I don't like using my scanner, but I may have to because the skies have been too gray here to get a good photo of my Moleskine pages.