working with digital brush pen
I love to take the opportunity to work exactly with LINE today, especially because most of my work lately has been purely based on shape.
BRUSH PEN ART
I always make a point of taking my students through working with pure, large shapes before getting busy or detailed with lines, because culturally we give so much importance to line that most students start off with very little awareness of shape.
The awesome thing I love about working with line is to COMMIT sometimes.
We tend to like to sketch softly with a pencil , but it’s really beneficial to take time to allow yourself to draw BRUTALLY HONESTLY sometimes with a single, commited line and I call this CONTOUR DRAWING.
This means, allow yourself to explore these questions:
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T LIFT MY PENCIL/ STYLUS/ FINGER?
How far can I go in a “commited” way? (meaning, how long can you commit to a line before you lift your pencil, pen or stylus? What in you resists keeping your brush pen in contact with the paper?)
This is a great exercise because it gives you a sense of TOTAL HONESTY, even if you don’t like the drawing!
You can undo or erase if you don’t like the result after, but don’t skip the step of LOOKING AT WHAT YOU’VE DONE first.
Just sit with it, respond to it, and see how it makes you feel.
Before you move on.
This can bring some really unexpected feelings inside and results/ reactions that are PURE GOLD for you to mine.
I used the brush pen
in green and kept it fully opaque.
The variations in the lines from thick to thin/ light to dark here are actually built into the app.
One fun element at play here was placing the face BEHIND the hands to get layers of space. This is a great composition/ spatial concept to incorporate in your drawings!
I drew this illustration from my imagination, not from a photo, and i was happy and surprised afterward to feel like it looked like…..me!
Thickening and darkening some lines, or adding color to some areas, are ways to break up the uniformity of the lines on the page so the eye can PRIORITIZE where to go.
I hope this inspires you to create!
Remember to play, enjoy, explore. This is YOUR SOUL- SPACE !!!!