So, my thanks go out to fellow blogger Cat Byrne for a comment which inspired me to revisit hands, in ink today. After some debate with myself, I made these sketches straight into ink using a small brush – I decided that doing a pencil drawing first might stop the lines from being flowing and spontaneous. As a consequence, there are a lot of errors, especially in the lower right hand, where I didn’t take anywhere near enough time to observe relationships and angles.
I also found that, as I was sketching on the kitchen table which is covered with an oilcloth, my bare painting arm kept sticking on the surface and then jumping, instead of gliding smoothly. This didn’t help. Must remember that. It’s true that whenever I sketch more than one thing on a page I find that there’s always at least one I’m not happy about…I’m sure I’m not the only one who suffers from this!
Initially I drew the four hands in line only using undiluted ink. I then decided that I’d put in some shades and contours with diluted ink, and enjoyed this so much that I did all four.
This was a happy half hour which has kicked me out of the gloomy watercolour doldrums I’ve been in for the past couple of days. Thanks again, Cat!