Category Archives: Art

Emphasizing Elements in a Sketch

A few days ago, a student on mine asked me… “What are the rules of including/leaving out certain elements from a sketch/painting?”.

The answer is… “It depends!”.

And believe me, this is not a diplomatic answer. It completely depends on the sketcher. If I do two sketches at the same spot/using the same reference image, I may emphasize different elements altogether.

Have a look at this sketch above. I sketched this one today morning on location in a narrow lane in the old heritage part of the city where I live.

You may notice that the left side of the lane is highly emphasized while the right side is completely left blank, highlighted only by the blue signage.

The middle part, i.e. the road is also left blank, save some shadows. This give an illusion of bright light.

Would I do the same choices if I go there next time? Not necessarily!

Get-Set-Sketch! – Now available on all Amazon stores!

My book on Pen and Ink Sketching, “Get-Set-Sketch! Secrets of Pen and Ink Sketching Unleashed!” is now available on all Amazon stores.
 
Links to the book
 
Ebook – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H6N5LH1 (All amazon sites)
Print books (US/UK/Canada/Germany/France/Spain/Italy/Japan)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1725571145
 
Print books (India) – Contact me directly. Also coming soon on Flipkart.com and Amazon.in.

Coming soon … Get-Set-Sketch!

“Get-Set-Sketch! Unleash the Artist Within You!” is the title of my first book. It will be released in ebook and print formats within the next 2 weeks.

 

Unleash the artist within you! Get ready to embark on a magical
journey through the realm of Pen and Ink Sketching.

Learn to “see” shapes, shadows and textures all around you,
like an artist.

Learn various pen and ink shading techniques.
– Hatching
– Cross-hatching
– Contour shading
– Stippling
– Random
– Using Inks for shading

Learn to sketch:
– Trees, Grass and Shrubs
– Stones and Rocks
– Animal Fur
– Wood
– Water

And a complete, step-by-step
exercise, where we implement all these techniques.

Let’s Get, Set and Sketch!