One more post of another drawing from the Monthly Pen and Ink Project on WetCanvas. This one is a bit different for me. Normally, I use quite a lot of cross-hatching. I am very comfortable with the technique. However, that comfort can cause problems. Most notably: the art (and the creating of it) gets boring. And predictable.
In short, I tend to hatch things to death.
So, in order to challenge myself, and to make the art itself more interesting to look at (I hope), I decided to try a different technique. I chose to use line thickness (width) and frequency (lines in proximity to each other, but not crossing each other) to depict the values in the chosen image.
The subject is a sculpture from Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Canada (by WC member ploverwing). It’s a decorative carving of a snail (in it’s shell) with leaves, set on top of what appears to be a square opening in a stone wall:
The result is much more hard edged than my usual cross hatching… and I think, more dramatic. I found it very challenging (and interesting) to see the shadow areas in terms of abstract shapes and then distill those shapes into pen lines… plus a few dots (called stippling). Because I used a technical pen with a fixed nib instead of a traditional “dip” quill (which has a flexible nib), I wasn’t able to do as much with variations of line width as I would have liked. It wasn’t a quick study; I’m not sure if it’s just my unfamiliarity with the technique or if it’s simply a more time-consuming one.
Guess I’ll just have to do more of it to find out. 🙂