Saturday, November 1, 2014
Bad Drawing Materials?
I grabbed the only pen in sight, a clumsy ballpoint give-away from a local business, and the small sketchbook with the less-than-perfect paper that I've been dealing with for the past couple of weeks and hope to finish with today. As I drew the snow-covered lawn ram outside the bedroom window, I remembered how beautifully a former student of mine drew with just such a ballpoint pen. I remember that he not only used ratty old ballpoint pens, but he kept jars full of them classified according to the degree of almost-out-of-inkness they possessed. He needed certain degrees for each value of the chiaroscuro effect he achieved in his drawings. His drawings were beautiful. I have never liked ballpoint for drawing, but I had to conclude that that was just my issue, not an inherent flaw in the pen itself. I still don't enjoy drawing in ballpoint, but I decided to stick with it today and see what I could do with it. (Mainly I didn't feel like walking through the cold house to find my real pen.)