Left: Mutt sketched with a Faber-Castel Pitt Calligraphy pen on Rives BFK paper bound into a journal. The paper was prepainted with a stencil and acrylic paint (sprayed with a mouth atomizer). Click on the image to view an enlargement.
I'm going to round out the year with a series of short posts about something that always fascinates me—dogs. I've been working in the collage and sketch journal for the class I'm teaching currently. Some days I was too busy to get any drawing in and ended the day sketching from my photos or sometimes while I would watch documentaries. I'd rather sketch from life, but I'd rather sketch than not sketch. In this way I at least kept my hand busy!
This is my favorite sketch from that run. Sometimes the character of a dog speaks to you and the pen agrees as it cuts into the paper. This dog needs a whole book!
Rives BFK is a fun paper to sketch on when you are using the Faber-Castel Pitt Calligraphy pen. Rives BFK is great with other pens too, but I just fell in love with the way this particular pen cut into but also smoothly ran along the surface of the paper. I used 4 of those pens in the completion of this journal!
More dogs to come, with short-short posts. Time is very tight for me right now as I push some deadlines, but I hope you enjoy checking in with me in these short posts. I know this time of year is busy for everyone so it's probably good I'm not rambling along every day at the length that is typical. (I'm sure I'll ramble about at least one thing before the end of the year!) Look here I am coming in at 300 words. Give the bitch a biscuit!