Blue Boy

Side-by-side portraits using same reference. 

Left: 1-minute “blind” one-liner. Looking only at the reference (never the paper) I move the pen without lifting it. This involves “guessing” when the contour is completed.

Right: 5-minute sketch using blue watercolor pencil. Lots of looking back and forth from reference to paper.

I hit both sketches lightly with water washes. The paper I was testing was highly absorbent stock not meant for this purpose. It was friable and broke down like tissue paper when worked.

(click image to enlarge)
(9″ x 7″ pen, watercolor pencil)
Displayed artwork © 2013 Kim Reading. All rights reserved.


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