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Botanical Line Art

17.9.19 edit 18 Quick and simple line art drawings of plants and flowers from my garden are a favourite of mine to draw.

Much like the 30 second drawings they are quick and without pressure, though I usually give myself up to two or three minutes per drawing.

When limited to line and one pen you have to play around to work out how to really use that pen to create different marks, effects and depths.

You discover the need to vary your line and the pressure you use with the pen, you start to change up the directions of your moarks and they become more confident as you go. I think that is apparent when I look back over this sketchbook page. The white pen on black paper sketches were first, then the white pen on brown paper, followed up at the end by the black ink on white.

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Angles And Curves

Mixing up angles with curves is hard for me. I tend to pull away from straight lines and hard angles, much preferring the softness and flow of curved lines and splodges. I do it though, to experiment, push my comfort zone and see what happens, sometimes with very interesting results.

The first image is my favourite, which do you like the most?

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The sketchbook is a place to play, experiment, have fun and practice. I love doing pages of fast sketches. Using a very small time limit for each sketch takes the pressure off of making a study sketch look perfect and forces me to look at the very basics of what makes that object recognisable. It’s also an exercise that I can always make time for even if I don’t have the time to sit and fill a whole page in one go.

I’m not allowed to fiddle with the sketch for too long and ruin it, I don’t have time to use an eraser and to encourage me to think about how every line I make needs to count towards the drawing (I gernerally use pen for these super quick sketches anyway so that I can’t erase). I find this really helps to get me started creating and having fun with it, it’s a great ‘warm up’ exercise for setting up the art mood and switching my brain over into that creative space.

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I have a thing for circles and the curved lines and alternative takes that they take me to. I don’t know what it is about them but I find them very satisfying to draw and encorporate into my work. I wanted to draw around them as a predominant focal and ended up working with the positive and negative spaces of the shape to create these experimental drawings in black ink on white paper and white ink on both black and browns.

When it comes to circles I particularly like them in the form of holes. I have a modest collection of hag stones, which are stones that have naturally occuring holes through them. I also really like and find inspiration from dried out seed pods and imagery that would make a trypophobic cringe so these drawings were incredibly satisfying to create and have given me some more ideas for incorporating circular and curved shapes into my abstract work in general.

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One of my favourite drawing exercises is to create a study drawing of something using a single line. The exercise is loose, messy and without any kind of pressure for perfectionism. There is also something very therapeutic about drawing in this way, from start to finish without taking the pen off of the paper.

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The drawings end up with these natural darker lines where you have had to run over them a second time to draw disconnected areas and the exercise forces you to really look, study and follow the lines of the object. It is all about using line to create form without the consideration of adding areas of light and shadow.

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Sometimes it works better than others, of course, but the drawings always teach me something about how I view and study objects and they create some interesting areas and effects that I take forward to utilise in my work.

I also always use ink for these drawings so that I cannot erase or be tempted to tweak the study once it is complete. I think this is very important in the creative journey and process; to accept your drawings however they are and whatever you think of them. It’s through making mistakes and things that don’t work, after all, that teach us how to improve, challenge our practice and makes us take the uncomfortable steps forward that lead to growth and improvement.

 

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