I was looking for something to draw the other day, in my quest to do a couple of sketches a week, when I spied my nieces cello. What a fabulous shape! That certainly needed to be drawn.
The first drawing was done in my new quest to draw straight with the pen first, no messing around with pencil sketches, which has been very daunting. It is a little bit wonky but I am learning to embrace the less than perfect nature of these sketches. I have to say the it has made me pay much more attention to the object I am going to draw. With the pencil I tend to gradually manipulate the drawing until I get it right but with the pen I have to work things out before hand and that means really looking at the object, the shapes, negative shapes and how one shape relates to the other. I realised that I had been getting lazy and drawing what I think is there rather than what I was seeing.
The second cello I draw with a pencil sketch first as I really wanted to emphasis the curves and shapes and not worry overly by the detail, plus I was frustrated with the pen sketch. To my surprise I find I like the first one better and the more I look at those who draw with pen, the more I like that style of drawing. There is a freshness and honesty about these drawings which is not there with the ones that I compose with pencil first.
Sketchbook skool has taught me never to give up on a drawing and not to sweat the few wrong lines, just complete the drawing and see what happens, and I have to say I like it.
I would be interested to hear what you think.