Left: Faber-Castell Pitt Artist's Calligraphy pen sketch with gouache washes on strips of Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media paper that were then stuck down on a pre-painted page in a 9 x 12 inch Fabriano Venezia journal. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
The caption for this image sort of says it all. Why work on strips? Well I had them left over from the bookbinding process.
I just held them down on a board and worked across the split. I was just testing a quick sketch approach I thought I might be able to use at the Paws on Grand event this August. (I was also testing materials I might like to use.)
As I did more of them I progressed to actually taping the pieces down onto the board next to each other.
Just around this time I injured my hand while making books. It was a very stupid move on my part—I reached for something I shouldn't have and then I kept working in hyperdrive after the injury instead of resting the hand.
It's my non-dominant hand and I am still able to draw. Because of that you'll see a lot of sketches of faces in the next few weeks as I progress in my faces project. Dogs, People. I guess there will be a couple birds. Not a lot of typing because even with my wrist protector thing typing is painful. I have to save that for work hours.
I hope you'll enjoy checking in to see what I'm up to.