February 27, 2013

The Noog

A few weeks ago Toby and I drove over to Chattanooga - I love that town! I took a pen & ink class at Townsend Atelier from James Courtenay James, and we had some really good meals.




These are some notes from the class and a couple of tiny pies.





Toby!





On Sunday we drove up and all around Signal Mountain because we love it up there. We stopped at a tiny little park on the top of the mountain that has a gorgeous view, but it started to rain as soon as we got out of the car. I jotted down as much information as I could, then added the grey areas later.





This is my work from the class. I really enjoyed the class. It moved slowly at first, but then I realized that was kind of the point. You have to slow down with pen and ink, and slowing down is definitely something I need to do more of.

Working with pen and ink was weird because it was my dad's medium (that and watercolor), but I've never really gotten the hang of it due to my lack of patience. The materials and the ink on my fingers made me think about Dad working when I was little, and it was especially strange to see his lines and marks come out of my hand - much like if your handwriting looks like the handwriting of one of your parent's.





Of course I haven't done any more with pen and ink in the few weeks since, but I plan to - it was fun!

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2 comments:

Juan Vilella said...

Would like to join USK. what is the best wauy to scan artwork to post on Flickr or FB?

Elizabeth Alley said...

Buy a scanner that will be compatible with your computer - they can be really affordable. The scanner I had before my current one cost less than $50. If you have a scanner and a computer, you should be able to scan and save your sketches and post them anywhere you want to!