DAY 2. This week Miriam Hurdle of The Shower of Blessings blog inspired me to post seven black-and-white images as part of a challenge she was doing. I thought, why not? – and so this is a series of posts with a new pen-and-ink drawing in each post.
About my sketching: When I decided to experiment with learning to sketch, I never expected to share my sketches publicly. That would be too scary, it would look amateurish, and readers would think it was “goofy” to put up my (potentially terrible) drawings (I thought). But … wait! Fellow bloggers have been unfailingly supportive of my efforts to try something new. Some even said they liked my drawings. Wow!
Inspired by another fellow blogger, Amy Maranto of Photography Journal Blog, today I wanted to share with you a “before” and “after” sketch, of a fence across a snowy field. The sketch on the right was my first attempt. I enjoyed how the fence posts came out across the snow, along with the shadows to the left of the posts. But the shading (in pencil) didn’t stand up to the inked-in fence posts in the scanned version – too light. Since the shading was in pencil, that allowed me to erase it and try version two (on the right).
Taking a cue from blogger yellowfuzzyduck (Joy) at TurtleDesk, I decided to go bold with my shading in the second version. Abstract-like squiggles and patterns replaced the subtle thin-pencil lines in the first version. Even though the “squiggles” were not technically representative of the actual image I was sketching, I think it worked out pretty well. Thanks for visiting!
p.s. Here is the photo I used for my sketch … very dramatic, isn’t it?