Ink, Watercolor, Oil, & Acrylic

From the Sketch Journal

I’m currently in the middle of a couple of larger paintings, which will eventually be posted on the blog.  In the meantime, here are recent excerpts from my sketch journal.  The first was done in red crayon on our winter youth retreat.  The second and third are from a summer sailing day in Chicago.  Though I’ve seen and photographed Buckingham Fountain dozens of times in the past 24 years, many of the sculptural details went unnoticed until I took the time to study and sketch it.  If any of my drawing students are reading this blog, you’ll notice that the ballpoint pen shading is done with a hatching technique.  For those who don’t speak “art”: hatching is a series of strokes in one direction, used to create a range of values.  More marks, closer together, makes the shading darker.  The direction of a section of marks can help define various facets or planes within an object.

Ryan Sketch webBuck Fount 1 webBuck Fount 2 web


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