WS 05 – Creating a Rich Drawing

Instructor:  Don Colley


The challenge of creating a rich drawing is made easier if you are using a varied range of tools. This workshop will address strategies of opening the drawing and setting up the page to further develop features. Some of the topics we will cover include:

  1. How to shift gears by changing the nib width or switching to brush work
  2. How to rapidly capture planes and strong features
  3. How to render more than objects and perspective, thereby suggesting mood,
    light, season, weather and time of day
  4. How to take advantage of the inherent qualities of the paper and tools

Learning Goals:

  • Using time effectively by using tools appropriate for the job
  • The role of editing in reducing the number of details without losing liveliness and character
  • Introducing a broader range of marks and values to enhance the drawing

Supply List:

  • Participants should bring a sketchbook of modest scale, 6” x 9” up to 8 1/2 “ x 11”
  • The instructor will provide the drawing tools, which will be graphite, water
    soluble graphite, and a range of Pitt Artist Pens, aka pigmented markers.