Above: Sketch of Raymond Burr as seen in "Perry Mason" in a 6-1/8 x 9-1/2 inch Fabriano Venezia Journal using a Pentel Aquash Brush Pen with Light Black Ink. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
My notes for part 3 of this series were short and simple: "gets you out of a rut."
What I mean by that is that changing journal sizes will help you get out of visual ruts. When you change your journal size you get to work out the new puzzle of how you will handle the composition of your art on those pages which are a different dimension than your previous journal. Will you go larger, smaller, cross the gutter? Where will you leave space for writing (if you do leave space)? What media will you use and how will the media you select influence your final result? (I write a bit about that in the earlier parts of the series posted this week.)
I kept working with the 6-18 x 9-1/2 inch Fabriano Venezia journal, sketching as much as I could, adapting to the new size. By the time I got around to this sketch of Raymond Burr I'd worked out most of my spacing issues.
I'd worked them out enough to know that now I can use one of these journals (in this size and format) and get what I want done.
But I also know that using this size journal from Fabriano won't be my first choice. I'll still prefer the 9 x 12 inch version. (I can hardly wait until January 1 to start a new in-studio journal of that size.)
The ten days I spent filling this journal were very instructive, worth every moment of frustration.
One of the best discoveries from those ten days was the finding the "Perry Mason" reruns. Anyone reading my blog knows I love sketching from the TV. In December I really wanted to work on people portraits and after casually channel flipping into one episode of "Perry Mason" I was hooked—great black and white TV with dramatic lighting and constant close ups of actors, their faces usually pulled or contorted by emotions. The show ran for so long that you also get to see a lot of actors you may know from later work appearing there first.