Things I learn from drawing in ink without drawing guidelines in pencil first:
1. Just keep going, even if the angle is wrong, the proportions are wrong and the size is wrong.
2. Constantly check one line against another, one shape against another.
3. Major mistakes can open doors to fantastic, unforeseen possibilities.
4. Think about every mark I make.
5. Make each new decision based on the effects of the last mark.
6. Nurture the drawing in front of me, not the one that I had in my head when I began.
The candy tin is totally wonky. To draw the lid and the tin, I needed to create four ellipses without the guidance of a pencil line. I found the task intimidating and had to remind myself that the original task was to continue moving forward on my Family Treasures Series and return to playing The Color Scheme Game to create examples of alternating warm and cool shapes. Perfection in drawing ellipses was not one of the goals, so I kept drawing even after the tin was clearly wrong. Duplicating reality has never been high on the list of my priorities when it comes to art. What is on the top of the list is challenging myself with each and every drawing and painting I do, with the hope of increasing my skills in one area or another.
Family Treasures No. 57 – Drawn first in black Noodler’s ink with a fountain pen, followed by watercolor washes.
Color Scheme: Extended Analogous with three Complements (Orange, Yellow-Orange, Yellow, Yellow-Green, Green … Blue-Violet, Violet, Red-Violet)