Friday, 30 January 2015

Day 2 - Bye Bye Erasers!

Hello there...

How are we doing today? I'm being hopeful in assuming that you guys not only read what I write but also try to do what I ask you to do. Call it *wishful thinking* but I have my full faith in you! Besides, these 'tasks' if you choose to see them as tasks will hardly take five minutes out of your life. :)

How many of you were armed with erasers for yesterday's exercise? Considering you were just scribbling away to glory, I doubt you would have needed erasers. However, if you had them at your desk, it's time to say Bye Bye to them!

The best way to learn from mistakes is to first see your mistakes. My laziness helped me out when I was learning to sketch; I was too darned lazy to take the eraser out of my bag and place it on my desk :D

I work and re-work my sketches so you can see all the strokes which go wrong as well. It's okay for it to look that way. We are not making finished paintings right now.

It is okay to have lines going here and there, just correct them as you move forward. We will get to human anatomy later but this was just to give you an idea of how messy you are permitted to get. It's been a while since I used an eraser and I hope you don't use one either.

I love sketching with pens. They provide lesser friction with the surface and there is no way I could use an eraser if I wanted to! Don't say 'Whiteners'!!! They make your sketches ugly... I have tried :D
If you notice I have literally just scribbled out the leaf using rough strokes, not particularly making it detailed but just to capture the feel of the leaf. Ignore the weird looking spider-like ant. We shall get to that at a later stage. We are only on Day 2. 
Today what you guys are going to do is somewhat like yesterday's exercise. You are going to just scribble. However, find a dried leaf and make your scribbles look somewhat like the leaf. Darken your scribbles where you feel it needs to be darker, don't scribble as much where you feel there is light. Point to note, I want you to only scribble, not make outlines. There is no right or wrong here, so just go with the flow.

From yesterday's scribble you would have noticed that you can make things darker by either increasing pressure of your pencil/pen on paper or by going over the scribble once more. At this juncture, I would request you to not apply too much pressure on the paper.
If you notice here, I am not trying to restrict my movement. Yes it looks more like a duck at the moment :D but it is okay. We are more concerned about breaking away your inhibitions. Just let your hand move freely.
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Video on Scribbling

Don't wonder what pen or pencil to use/what paper to use, I just grabbed whatever my hands could find. 

That's all for today folks! If you feel I am moving at a fast pace and want me to slow down, feel free to comment. Your suggestions are welcome. I obviously will not be able to tailor make my blog to suit everyone's needs but I can try to generalize so that it's not entirely scary. Remember... sketching is fun!


PS You can email me your sketches if you'd like to
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