Postal sketch

notes - studies

2017 rainy season

I drew rain once in a comic book panel.
Not so good -- looked like an exercise in drawing parallel lines with a ruler.

Thought I'd try a different approach,
different technique.

At the time I was also experimenting with illuminated postal letters to friends.

Moleskine postal notebook | postal sketches by Cat S.

The postal notebook I got has 8 pages.
Paper weight is 100gsm -- too thin for high-pigment media.

Moleskine postal notebook | postal sketches by Cat S.

But for water-solube graphite,
it works just fine.

Moleskine postal notebook | postal sketches by Cat S.

Some buckling and warping, but no bleeding.
When scanned, it looks like it was painted on fabric.

Moleskine postal notebook | postal sketches by Cat S.

I looked up a number of black and white photographs to help me plan tonal values.
I simplified it further and added my own imaginary detail/s.

Painting rain is like painting static...

Moleskine postal notebook | postal sketches by Cat S.

Learned to leave a sufficient amount of white space
to help eyes focus more easily on main elements of the sketch.

Used white charcoal on the covers for highlight and contrast.

Moleskine postal notebook | postal sketches by Cat S.

Fun -- at least one friend was pleased.

Materials used:
Viarco ArtGraf water soluble graphite
Synthetic paintbrush
General's Charcoal White Pencil
Moleskine Postal Notebook - Pocket Kraft 100 gsm