Thursday, November 14, 2013

146 Rediscovering black and white

I've been working on illustrations for a book entitled The Philosophy of Thick Paint. It's a collection of essays I gleaned from my upcoming book The Secrets of Thick Paint. I decided to keep all of the philosophical and introspective writings in one volume illustrated with black-and-white pen drawings of my life as an artist. It will be a book for artists to enjoy on rainy days when they can't get out painting or need some encouragement. Conversely The Secrets of Thick Paint will be illustrated in full-color as a how-to book delving deeply into the technical aspects of painting with thick paint.

What follows is a video I made as I sketched with the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. Which if you haven't tried, it's awesome! I highly recommend it. Below are some links where you can buy this Pen for a cheap price. I actually paid double at a local store but it was still worth it! Let me know what you think.

I use the Tombow pen for my thumbnail sketch because it has a thicker brush. The blunt tip makes it harder to get an extremely thin line which is perfect for the preliminary sketch where I don't want to get bogged down in detail. And since it's not waterproof I can't go back and fiddle with white paint to make changes, all of which helps to focus on basic shapes of white, gray, and black.

Working in black and white is a great way to learn to deal with values and has direct application to color work.

Brad Teare 2013



   

9 comments:

  1. Inspirational as always. I've been thinking of various approaches to a landscape painting and think I may start with an illustration like you just demonstrated to help me see and define values. Thanks Brad.

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    1. Thanks Scott. I agree. This process has helped me reevaluate how I use values. I've been using four to five value zones in my paintings but may try keeping things even simpler by using just three.

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  2. Your videos offer a lot to learn and this is no exception, a beautiful lesson again, Thanks Brad.

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    1. Thanks Padmaja! I really appreciate the kind words.

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  3. Great article. I immediately bought a pen! Can't wait to try it.

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    1. I just bought another pen and a six pack of ink cartridges. I'm loving drawing again! Let me know what you think of it after you've tried it.

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    2. i also bought same, waiting for the delivery

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    3. Bruce, did you have a good experience drawing with it? I just ordered another set of refills. I'm still having a blast with the pen.

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