Drew some faces rapidly with a pen for amusement

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and practice.

I made several versions of an image based on a photograph by Julia Margaret Cameron, the Victorian era photographer. (Above and below)  Each one is different, but all are based on the same photo.

Other faces come from other historical photos that I’ve found on the internet.

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They decorate a journal that I keep. They entertain me while I’m relaxing, watching tv, in my idle moments. And they are very freedom inspiring. You can’t undo a pen line (though I did use oil pastel to soften some passages) so I am swashbuckling in my use of the pen. It’s a wonderfully expressive tool. Built for exaggeration and impulse.

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I like to be often scribbling. I love the appearance of even just the ink on the paper. Pen ink is such a beautiful thing.

When I was a child learning cursive, I loved the shapes of letters and the shiny beauty of ink. That love has stayed with me across the many years.

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A gestural line, dense hatchings: I find them endlessly fascinating. The energy of cross-hatching can be exhilarating and yet also relaxing because it is both dynamic and repetitive.

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9 thoughts on “Amusement, whimsy & lines

  1. Do you mind saying what the dimensions are of that last drawing? And was it done with fountain pen? (Or how?) learning a lot from your example. Thanks

  2. Thank you & I’m glad that the blog is helpful, Thomas King.

    The last drawing is made using a Unibal Signo pen and it measures about 6 x 7 inches.

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