Sketchbooks IV: Sticks

Recently at Art Club with The Good Ship Illustration we were drawing with sticks dipped in ink, and I found that I loved it! It creates a very spiky line, but it was quite liberating to embrace that line …

The drawings were still timed, but stopping to dip the sticks meant that I couldn’t work quite as quickly as usual, and it was good slow down.

I found that if a stick is quite blunt and slightly splintery at the end, it can give a lovely ‘dry brush’ effect.
I wanted to remember which sticks made the best marks, so I named them (after ’80s pop stars).

Sketchbooks II: Drawing Things

Drawing Things …

10 minute timed drawing with inks and pencil

Something that’s really helped my creative process recently is doing quick timed drawings of everyday objects.

5 minute drawing putting colour down first, then drawing on top with pencil.

I started doing these at Art Club with The Good Ship Illustration, which is live on Instagram at 8 pm GMT (and it’s free!)

I find that knowing I don’t have long to draw means I can make looser marks, and not worry too much about being accurate.

In my haste to draw quickly, I knocked over some ink – so when it was dry I drew on top of it.

3 minutes negative space drawing

When we started looking at the negative space – the space surrounding the objects – I couldn’t quite see how I could do anything other than follow the outline of the things…

5 minutes, gouache and pencil.

…then I realised that I could add just enough detail to make them things rather than shapes.

There’s something about drawing the same things over again, but differently each time, that’s exciting and relaxing at the same time.

I like working so quickly that I really don’t know how each drawing will turn out!

10 minutes, pastel and pencil.