Yesterday, I decided to do another of my thumbnail sketches, but planned to make it a little larger and add more mid-tones using ink washes with a brush. I took a few photographs at different stages in case it didn’t completely belly flop, and ended up creating a small tutorial for anyone interested: Ink Study after John Singer Sargent.
I’m currently out in the French countryside, where it is hot and humid. There’s a mouse scratching somewhere behind the plasterboard where I’m sat, and for every few strokes of the pen, a persistent fly insists on landing on my drawing hand, causing involuntary tics. Half-way through the short study, a tic of a different kind has embedded itself into my young daughter’s belly, and has to be teased out and executed. I’ve been told it’s best to keep the bodies in a bag in the fridge, in case Lyme disease takes hold. I’ve no penchant for the insect world, I mistrust anything with an exoskeleton!