For the next three weeks I’m doing a series of simple traditional ink sketches, based loosley on the theme of “Young Adults”. Apart from scanning the images to get them onto the internet, they will be done entirely with traditional materials.
This week’s sketch is, ostensibly, of a fantastic young drummer I know, although I actually used three different references for the drawing. He does do a LOT more than just eat, drum and sleep, but it still feels like a good motto for this particular drawing.
Here’s a photo of the pencils…
This is the final ink drawing…
It was done on Daler and Rowney cartridge paper in an A4 spiral bound sketchbook which I am really enjoying. It is really liberating to have a bigger sketchbook! I used Pigma Microns for the main drawing and then some “Calli” India Ink (made for calligraphy), diluted with tap water in a brush pen to add some mid tone.
While working on this I didn’t actually have a photo of my subject in this position, although I have seen him sleep like this on many occasions! So I used three references to make this drawing, a portrait of my young drummer and 2 photos of different men lying on a couch. One of the men was actually sleeping with a newspaper lying on him so, wanting to keep the theme of my subject being the young musician that he is, I changed it to the New Musical Express (even though the NME went digital a long while ago). The other male reference was for his body sinking into the cushions since the first picture didn’t really show that.
With this set of drawings my aim was to try to ink in the same way that I draw, to give the drawings a looser feel. I also worked on having my figure sink into his surroundings. I pretty much managed it with his body, but forgot to really push this effect with his head! I think if I’d have shown some of the cushion overlapping with the bottom of his face and changed the line of his hair to take account of it falling on the cushion it would read a little better.