The whole fish we caught

fish darker

In the previous post I showed just the eye.  Here is the entire fish.  We caught him on paper about ten years ago.  We caught him and now he just swims in this one spot forever.  Immortal fish.

Testing, testing, testing

camera test fish eye

Got to test the camera once in a while.  I was trying to see how up-close I could get and still keep it in focus.  I love magnification.  Love to see the texture of the paper and the pigment dragged across the paper’s ragged surfaces.  And regarding the fish one draws, one cannot but love the eye that gazes back at you.

Why crayons are wonderful

The close up view of the drawing reveals the hatching and cross-hatching that I wrote about a few posts ago.  The technique is a lot like what you get from traditional pastels except that there is no dust. 

This is like your traditional kids’ Crayola crayons except with a very rich, heavily pigmented and highly workable texture.  As a drawing medium it is extremely responsive and flexible.  As a consequence you can fully enter into your idea without any hassle about the medium.  And you can find a kid-like joy in this portable, scribbly crayon. 

They’re a little on the expensive side, though.  If one rolls under the couch, it’s worth diving under there to retrieve it!

More scribbles: Yesterday’s Drawing Updated

The drawing I posted yesterday in its first rough lines now looks like this.  I might be doing some other versions as well.  With this drawing I am figuring out what the reflections of the upper corner of the painting should look like: their design.  The reflections are from trees that overhang the pond and the ways that the water’s motion catches and breaks up these dark greens. 

The pattern is very abstract and doesn’t have to follow any particular pattern.  It is entirely adjustable to whatever shapes seem most striking.  So I draw different ideas — all of which are based upon the source photo — but which become slightly amended and distorted versions of it.  The “reality” in this study that will finally matter is the one that evokes the pond’s mood.

Night Squares

This sketch for a painting is more about night (and squares) than about fish.  (It’s a sketch for a painting.)  But, lo and behold, the fish snuck in.  I count five, maybe six along the bottom.  This is hardly more than a scribble, but I love this.  If somebody calls me on the phone and takes up a whole bunch of my time … friends … this is what’s taking place on my side of the conversation.

[Top of the page:  Study for a painting, by Aletha Kuschan, ballpoint pen]