Last update a detail sneaked in and it may be a good time to share my rule with you.
I came to the conclusion to emphasize an outline not more than three or occasionally four times.
Often I directly sketch with permanent ink and a fine nib, when I do use a pencil, I usually don’t erase.
I start my sketches, using landmarks, often with faces, I start with the glasses, nose, Hair, cap or eyes. Instead of working with shapes, I directly sketch what I see, keeping reference points and letting those lines stay, even if they’re not correct, because I can come back later and emphasize them if they seem important. If they’re not important, no need for emphasizing them in the first place. If I do it a third time, I closely pay attention whether it’s justified to emphasize again, with a white gel pen probably, to let it stand out even more.
More pronouncing the lines than three or occasionally four times doesn’t yield better results, so I stop there. In the closeup you can examine, what I mean. Comments, how do you do it?
Personally I think this enables me to sketch bolder.IMG_7826IMG_7825IMG_7824
Excellent information! I do usually start with a pencil drawing to make sure I’ve stayed within the boundary of the page, but I don’t usually erase. I do my pen work next. I do a lot of scribbling where the darkest values are to cover more area, but only one layer for the outline. After that I paint, and I seldom use pen afterwards unless I feel it’s the only way to get important detail.
My observations are based on my personal “visual note taking” how I call it when there is simply not much time to catch the personality of the people on the train or on the street. Also I mostly use the watercolors as a quick way to color the sketches. I think the ticker outlines I use can help guiding the viewers eyes.
Thank you Charlie. I was told to do the darker lines in shadow areas instead in lighter areas to make it more realistic. Whereas I didn’t consider these lines important. So there’s the conflict between importance and reality. 🤔
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