Trial By Pencil: A Sketcher’s Tale

I’ve mentioned that I’m trying to figure out how to use a pencil and I’ve posted a couple drawings that I’ve attempted with them at our Musée de la Civilisation.  I’m using rainy days to continue that practice.

2014-05-14Gorgon_72I decided to attempt to draw one of the gorgon heads that were found in Pergamen.  Guestimated to have been made prior to 129AD, they’re one of the few things older than I am so I thought it fitting that I should draw one.  Gorgons, if you’re unfamiliar with them, are minions from the underworld.  They have large eyes and are said to have snakes for hair.  The one I drew also has a large chip out of its chin.

2014-05-13TowelThis was a lot of fun but also took me a long time.  Mark me down as the slowest pencil driver on the planet.  Done on bristol paper I enjoyed the smooth surface.  It reminds me of my beloved Stillman & Birn Zeta paper.  I used a mechanical pencil and some Faber-Castell 9000 pencils.

While I’m at it I’ll post this little sketch of a hanging towel.  I do a lot of these little doodles while I watch my Blue Jays lose.  Pencils are fun.  Pens are more my style.