This is the very start of a sketch from a photo – only got started on it at the local coffee shop (Ristretto’s in Covington, WA). It’s a nice, well-lit, friendly place to draw or even do a little painting in my sketchbook now and then.
I generally sketch directly to paper with a pen. I rarely do a pencil sketch; pen-to-paper feels riskier and is kind of energizing. Lines do wander at times, but it all comes together in the end. I’d really like to do a watercolor wash on this, but this ink is very water-soluble and would flow everywhere if I were to try that. I might be better off to play with markers…will have to decide when the inking’s done.
There’s going to be a lot of lines in this one, going to be very much a fun project. Much more to come. Click to see a larger version.