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Pen and Ink – The Dancer: Word Art Can Add to the Beauty of Art

Pen and Ink Dancer
The Dancer

The Dancer

A few weeks ago I did a quick morning sketch of a dancer and posted it on Instagram @eisycindy. After posting, I had numerous  inquires to purchase this piece.  The quick morning sketch was done on a cheap piece of tracing paper, not something I would sell.  The interest in this piece gave me a chance to play with Hahnemuhle Sumi – E fine art paper.  The paper has a beautiful, delicate texture that I feel suits this type of drawing well.

Utilizing open lines in both the hands and the skirt helps to create a feeling of movement.  Since I have been studying letter form lately, I wanted to include words in such a way that  would add to the feel of the dancer and not distract.  Softly incorporating color in the skirt helps to increase dimension, which adds to  the free-flowing feel of the overall piece.

 

 

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Quick Study – Water Soluble Graphite Dancer


Quick Study

 

dancer

I continued to experiment with water soluble-graphite this week.  In this quick drawing I loosely sketched the dancer, then with a wet brush freely and quickly went over it.  After allowing the paper to dry a little, I went back and added more detail with my graphite pencil and a wet brush.  I also played with a dry brush.

Leaving the lines of the skirt open helped create movement in the dancer. Painterly motions of a wet brush also help add to this effect.  I have to admit though, I am terrible at just walking away from a drawing and saying it is done.  For me there is always something to tweak.  Therefore some of the free-flowing effects that I had, have become more detailed.  Next time I will walk away, maybe.

 

Paper:  Canson Mixed Media

Pencils:  ArtGraf 2B, 6B

 

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