So it may sound trite but in the words of a
million bloggers, apologies for the scarcity of posts. An ever-energetic toddler, moving house and new job, plus extended commuting time has pushed my sketching to almost a fringe activity, mostly taking place on wobbly public transport. I have been pushing myself to practice however, and have recently started playing with some Copics a friend leant me.
I must say, with decent sketching paper the Copics have a nice blending ability that works much better than previous attempts on A4 printer paper. I spoiled myself with a Winsor & Newton sketchbook, and find it absorbs and blends the Copic marks really well.
Aside from this I have been pushing to improve my figure drawing and facial sketches. In my satchel I carry an A4 folder with printouts of various stock photography so I always have a handy reference when stuck for a pose to draw, as well as some tracing paper so I can go back and revise older sketches.
‘I bet you that half of all the art we get to enjoy only came into existence because someone encouraged an artist who was about to give up.’
– Lexi Alexander, Arab-German filmmaker