Above: Page spread from a 9 x 12 inch Fabriano Venezia journal. I created the grid with masking tape, sketched and painted the faces one evening while watching TV. I'd been too busy during the day to sketch anything and wanted to sketch before I went to bed. All were sketched with a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. Center image has some watercolor added to it, the others are colored with Montana Markers. The orange one at the bottom left and the pink one on the right-center both use white Sharpie Poster Paint marker too. Otherwise the white is the white of the paper. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
I think a grid is sometimes a productive way to work in quick studies or sketches in order to get the main thing that you want to get down done—while not focusing on other details. On this evening the main thing I wanted to get done was some sketching, but after the first sketch (I worked on this spread from top left to top right (i.e. at the right column I started at the base and worked up), I decided I really wanted to work with issues of scale and eyes. How small can I sketch with the PPBP? Is it time to start a new one because I've worn out the fine line abilities of the one in the TV room? (Nope, not yet, but I do have to pay more attention to my pressure when I'm tired.) Is it easier for me to start with a color base (orange or pink)? (Not really.) Do I like working with a color base more than not? (Not really, there is something very fun for me in doing the background colors afterwards and leaving the faces paper white.)
I think I might be preparing myself to work in smaller journals again, but I can't be sure because I have a couple pads of 11 x 14 inch paper calling to me from the other side of the room as I type.
And so it goes.