After my struggles with the previous sketch portrait we stayed in the garden, chatting and soaking up the last rays of sunshine of the day. I had an urge to draw a recently vacated deck chair, the evening light glancing off its wooden shanks and through its stripy cloth.
The gel pen seemed perfect for the job, and this is the result. I was going to include a little plate with its fork and vestiges of cake, which had been sitting on the grass next to the chair. However, by the time I got round to it, someone had already (kindly) whisked it away. Must sketch faster!
I have to admit, I’m really enjoying the way the gel pen performs on this black cartridge paper. I don’t think I can make it work for every subject, but there are some which just seem to sing out from the black. It’s such an interesting switch to be working with highlights as the driver, rather than adding in the darks as graphite requires. This must be good for the brain!