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I can’t resist the temptation of bright colors

Danny Gregory writes in his book The Creative License about using color as a beginner:

“I’d hold off on the color for now, too; stick to black ink on white paper. (…) I stuck with one type of black pen for my first year and then added a single additional warm grey marker.”

But I’m a sort of restless and couldn’t resist the temptation of bright colors, so I bought some markers, liquid watercolors and wax pastels after half a year. I must admit: I got overwhelmed. I love the colors, but I have no clue what to do with them.

Sure, I can use them for adding the same color as the subject I’m drawing. It worked very well with these eggs. Without the yellow they didn’t look like eggs and with color they do. The scan isn’t as yellow as the original 😦

Gevulde eieren / filled eggs

In the book Drawing Lab of Carla Sonheim there is an exercise to paint random forms of watercolor and then look at the forms whether you ‘see’ an animal, a foot, a face or anything else familiar. I found this anxious guy.
DrawingLab8 exercise

In film school I learned that one of the best way of testing the color quality of film stock was by shooting a test of the face a woman. We as humans seem to be very sensible of the color of human skin, in this way we can see whether somebody is sick, when the face is green or pale.

As a cameraman I learned to look at shadows and lights, so that is now the way I approach a portrait. I choose three or four colors for the face and attach one color for a different kind of darkness in the face.

Jen / Taranoel for JKPPDolores666 for JKPP

My neighbour and artist Elspeth Pikaar made the remark that when you make a drawing in black and white, your brain fills in the forms. This effect disappears as soon as you use color. Therefore I end with two portraits without colors, so you brain can do the rest.
esta.sketch / Lisa K for JKPPRandy Johnson for JKPP


Drawing lab

A few weeks ago, I bought the book “Drawing Lab” by Carla Sonheim. She writes: “This books includes many traditional drawing exercises (…), but I’ve intentionally left out some of the things you might find in traditional drawing books. This book is designed to get you started drawing again, and excited about it!”

The book has 52 exercises, some take several weeks or months to complete, but the most can be done quickly. This drawing was two exercises: Collaborate with a child (Lab 28) and Eyedropper Faces (Lab 13). My daughter made the eyes and eyebrows.
yipsss for Julia Kay's Portrait Party

Here you can see the reference photo.

For a Eyedropper Faces you fill an eyedropper with black FW acrylic ink (I filled it with indian ink) and draw the basics of the face. “Quickly take a piece of toilet paper and lay it on top of your drawing. The ink will soak into the toilet paper and spread out underneath” More Eyedropper Faces:
EAGHL  / Elizabeth Lynch for Julia Kay's Portrait PartyJulia Kay for Julia Kay's Portrait Party

This exercise forced me to buy indian ink, and I read in a Flickr discussion about nibs, so I bought some nibs, and made another drawing with indian ink for Julia Kay’s Portrait Party:
anna a1 / Anna Black for Julia Kay's Portrait Party