I’ve become SO enamored with the whole scribble art technique. I can’t seem to stop.
It kind of all came together at the beginning of last month. I was on a plane to Chicago, and I brought along my Moleskine journal and pens to pass the time on the flight. And while I was drawing from references on my iPad, something just c.l.i.c.k.e.d. I kind of figured out the whole scribble art thing, that I was trying to learn from the online class… it’s all about mark making and finding the values. And it’s about relaxing, getting into a rhythm, and enjoying putting pen to paper.
It all started with this drawing…and went from there…
I did these two on the plane, and then I tried to keep the momentum going, and practiced scribble art in the hotel room.
And then on the trip home…
And then I decided to try at least a drawing a day. This one was a lesson in OVER scribbling…. live and learn.
Oh, I LOVE this one!
Slowly but surely, day by day, I was filling up my formally dusty and blank Moleskine journal with marks…and faces…and goodness…
One of our assignments was to draw a child and their pet. I found this image on Pinterest that I used as a reference. Look at me…I am drawing ANIMALS!
Yes. I. Am.
And I am trying out new papers too…this was on gray drawing paper, Neenah brand bristol vellum.
And a Pembroke Welsh Corgi!!! I want this puppy!!! It was so fun to extend this drawing across two pages.
Instead of watching TV, I was drawing…paper and pens were my new obsession.
And I was trying images that I had never dared before.
And I was experimenting with different brands of pens, and the thickness of each pen. This one was started with a thick Sharpie marker…because I just wondered, “what if…?” I went in with a thinner Copic liner pen for the smaller lines.
And I was drawing MEN. Here is brooding Ross Poldark (complete with facial scar and furrowed brow)
There was a painting of Auguste Rodin that I used as my reference for this bearded man. I love the vintage illustration look of this…
I am working on eye intensity and correct proportions, but still having fun with scribbles.
And I LOVED drawing the graying hair of this handsome gentleman.
And you know, Vincent had to show up…in color! This is black pen, white pen, and colored pencil. I had filled up my Moleskine journal with continuous line drawings and scribble art…I had to move into another little journal that has tan paper in it. I love it. It is small, but filling up with good stuff!
Late at night, I scribble…
And sometimes a silly scribble shows up!
And the thing with scribbling…the more you do, the more confident you get, and your hand can just have fun putting down marks. And then the white pen comes out, and you get to play with highlights.
Can you see more confidence in my mark making??? Look, I drew a girl with a nest on her head (how’s that for confidence! :-)
These are my latest scribbles…done today, as preliminary sketches for an upcoming painting.
You see, I haven’t forgotten about painting. There has still been some painting, between the traveling and the scribbling.
In fact, one of the assignments was to use Payne’s Gray paint with Titanium White, and do a scribble painting. In the video, the instructor was scratching into the paint with a metal tool. I tried that too.
I found it difficult to translate scribbles into paint strokes…. but it was a learning experience. I worked on this Frida scribble painting twice. The instructor encouraged me to try adding the brush scribbles coming out from the portrait, like my drawings. So, I took her advice. It gives it quite a dramatic feel.
But eventually I went back and tried this again…my style, my paint colors, my subjects, with a bit of swirly scribbly fun.
Bristol, Devon, and London – three acrylic beauties on 5 x 7 inch gessobord (Bristol and London are already spoken for, but Devon is still available in the Etsy shop)
I got an email from a lady who found my online shop, and asked me to paint two larger portraits to go with a painting of mine she bought.
This is Sienna II – 11 x 14 inch acrylic on Bristol paper
And this is Emily Rose
When all three paintings arrived at her home, she sent me this message… “I received the paintings and they are awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot wait to have them framed.. Thank you so much again!” Though at one time, I said I wasn’t going to do custom paintings…when I get these kind of messages of appreciation, then I know I did the right thing. (Look at all those exclamation marks…this makes me happy)
And last, but not least…
I have been playing around with continuous line drawings as well. This was inspired by one of my photos from The Art Institute in Chicago. I will have to spend a whole blog post just on ALL the wonderful art inspiration I found there! Wow! I was overwhelmed…but in a VERY GOOD WAY! Degas Exhibit… magnifique!!!
And Renoir was there too.
I will be painting more Rococo/Marie Antoinette paintings soon, so here are some of my continuous line drawings to get me prepared. The idea behind this, is to NOT pick up your pen while drawing…one continuous line. It’s not easy. But it is fun!
And I am a little addicted to this kind of drawing too!
Who knows…maybe one day, my continuous line drawings will be in a museum somewhere! (made with the PhotoFunia app)
This Scribble Art class with Julie Johnson was AWESOME…and it has provided me with skills and confidence to keep going. Julie is an awesome teacher, and the fellow students, and their art and feedback, has been a real treasure. I am SO glad I made the decision to take this class!
Many ink pens were harmed in the making of the art on this blog post…but they served their purpose! And I will remember them fondly! :-)