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A Master At Work
& Dejah Sketch
|Tom did the picture of La for me, with knife upraised.
I watched him do most of it plus the picture of Sue-On and Bill (of course).
His process was to sketch and lay out the whole thing in pencil.
Then he used an artist's pen to do the inking over the pencils. It
looked a little like a marking pen but must have been a special pen for
this kind of work. The pen point was rather pliable and the ink flowed
from it quite readily. He got a lot of thick, bold strokes from it
by pressing a bit harder and finer strokes by pressing less hard, all with
the same pen. If this had been a professional job, he'd no doubt
brought out more pens for different strokes and textures, I imagine...
The heavy dark background areas were also filled in, I believe, with the
same pen, pressing the point flat onto the paper to let a lot of ink flow
out. I must add that, whatever stroke he made, it ALWAYS looked good
too. Fascinating.. He must go through those pens in a hurry,
using up the ink and needing another.
When he was done inking and the ink had dried, which it did rapidly, he brought out a good gum eraser and removed all of the pencil marks. It was fascinating to watch this beautiful drawing emerge. The inking was the most amazing thing to see. His pencils were sketchy and looked like a typical doodle due to their lack of detail but when he applied that ink... Wow! What a craftsman! I loved to watch him!
I asked him how he kept things, i.e. the figure's, in such proportion and he said it's a struggle for all artists as there's a tendency, which he said he has to fight, not to draw them with the legs or torso too short. He did say that he was past putting huge noses on them (my own problem, one I can't shed). He didn't need to do the kind of tricks to maintain proportion that I'd read of other artists using, such as keeping the torso at three or four times the head size, the legs even more; he just eyeballed it. The results were really impressive!
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