For Art 365-16 today, I decided to do jump in straight with ink and make a few quick sketches. What a humbling experience!! I discovered drawing directly in ink wasn’t as easy as it once was for me. I have been using pencil and painting so much that I have lost my eye. The only remedy for that is too practice more. I highly recommend trying Brenda Swenson’s 75 Day Direct to Ink Challenge. Even though I am rusty now, drawing in ink directly for 75 days improved my art and eye more than anything else ever has. After my oldest boys got hurt in a wreck life got put on hold for over a year, when I finally came back to art I had lost my artist’s hand-eye connection. To get it back, I redid Brenda’s challenge but with a twist. Every night I drew faces from Paint My Photo in soluble brush pen on toned paper with chalk for highlights. I got my coordination back and learned to work quickly on toned paper, great for field sketching!!
There will be a lot more of these quick, direct to ink practice sketches in my future until I redevelop my hand-eye coordination.
Remember, faith works!