It’s been a while since I last visited DLS-CSB. I sat down at the famous Plaza V–think Boracay beach or other beaches that has huts. I sat on one of the huts and started reminiscing for a bit the good old times as a student when we were still doing our thesis in this very spot, telling stories and secrets and meeting new people.
I pull out my Derwent hardbound sketchbook and my Sakura Pigma Micron 3.0 Pen and started sketching the view in front of me. You might be wondering why I use a pen in sketching instead of pencil. I have longed challenged myself to use a pen in drawing (but too hesitant to try till now!) since I won’t feel the pressure of making a good drawing (by erasing a lot!) and wasting my time fussing about the little details. But pencils of course are the first tools in the art of making drawings and it’s great to note that it help in setting guiding points for perspective drawings.
I must say that I have surprised myself with this detailed sketch despite some misaligned perspectives. The pen in its simplest form actually made me confident. It actually conditioned my mind that mistakes are inevitable and that I have to just go with it and DRAW! I colored this piece when I got home using my Pebeo Watercolors. I finished painting before lunch.
Sketching on-location as I have mentioned in my previous posts trains the eye to observe the details and lights of our surroundings. It also help us to capture something as quickly as we can the beauty of nature, people, things, events on paper without owning a camera. I love the freedom that sketching brings to me that for a moment in time I am the only person in this world.
Michael Nobbs from Sustainably Creative states why he recommends drawing with a pen and not a pencil: The reason is simple, when you use a pencil the temptation is to always erase and redraw if you make a “mistake” (new drawers can often spend more time erasing than drawing!). With a pen there is little choice but to commit to every line you draw and accept every “mistake”.
Have you tried drawing with a pen yet? Happy Paint Party Friday!