Saturday, February 20, 2010

BREAKTHROUGH DRAWING TOOL DISCOVERY!





I spent the day at the Gallery Concord drawing with large sheets of newsprint and India Ink. The slide show has the drawings in the order I drew them. The first two drawings I was using a Sharpie pen stuck in my large wooden compass (used in grade school with chalk on the board to draw arcs and circles) with the paper on the floor. The idea is to extend the drawing arm to take away some control and have a more interesting drawing. I was able to put the thin wooden coffee stick stirrer into a pen holder but couldn't affix the pen holder in the the wooden compass so just decided draw with just the pen holder and the stick. I thought about sharpening the square end to a point but I'm glad I didn't. Also, keeping the full length of the stick adds to the character of the line. I am amazed at the versatility of this simple little stick! The variety of line width and texture is fantastic! I am in love! Now, all I have to do is remember where I found this stick. The hunt is on.


I will be sitting at the Gallery Concord again tomorrow. I am going to attempt to make a little video drawing with this stick on newsprint.

11 comments:

Sue J said...

Great drawings Myrna! Here's one for you to try. Sharpen one end of a garden cane (bamboo) into a pen. You can make the end as narrow or wide as you want and give it either a single point or carve it to create a double point. You can shorten the length of the cane to whatever suits you. I learned this at a calligraphy class. If you want a flat nib you have to carve from both sides.

Kathy said...

Your drawings are wonderfully gestural and loaded with personality. Can't wait to see the video!

Nancy Standlee said...

Love the drawing. OK..you left out the photo of the stick!! Going to look for a mini camcorder soon, just like Myrna!!

Mary Sonya Conti said...

Myrna,

have followed your blog for some time. Love your ability to constantly experiment and even more your delight in "sharing" with all of us. Have you ever done a "younger" subject with the experiments? A child? young teen?

Cynthia said...

THis is very interesting,,,,yes, please take a foto of this "magical" stick....I have no idea what it is...but I love the drawings.

Joyfulartist said...

I'm with Nancy, I'd like to see the stick, too! I remember doing this execise in art class but I never got results as good as you have. I love your blog, you are always coming up with something fun and challenging.

Stan Kurth said...

Hi Myrna,

I've been doing some work lately in which I'm emulating drawings I did when I was a child. I've been holding the end of the pencil or brush to lose some control. Your coffee stick seems like a good one to implement. Love the drawings!

XiuCheng Che Award-winning Chinese Watercolor Artist said...

nice drawing!

Glen said...

As Nancy mentioned already: you left off the image of the stick itself. Are you talking about the wooden stirrers or a plastic, straw-like concept?

Chris Beck said...

Enjoyed the video a lot, Myrna!! I was amazed at how quickly you established a recognizable face - the very minimal initial drawing would have been totally convincing on its own.

I'm headed over to the Smart & Final store today and will look at their stir-sticks to see if they have the smaller type.

Paula Cravens said...

I like all the drawings but especially the man in the hat. I must try some extended pen drawings.

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