So I've been inspired to try a new style of drawing. This is with a bamboo skewer dipped in India ink. It's so interesting how a new process prompts one to look at subjects in a new way.
Instead of looking for dramatic darks and lights (what I usually look for when I'm drawing), this technique makes me notice contours, because it's all about line.
And also, it's loose line. There's not a whole lot of control here, which means I can't be too tight, which is pretty liberating in itself.
And here are three of the not-loose, and not-bamboo-skewer-dipped, drawings, which really, is what I can do during the week of parent-teacher conferences at school, where I have twelve hour days.
They're pleasing too, but in a different way. All three of these were drawn with the reference photo upside-down, which also gets me to look in a different way.
When you're drawing upside-down, there is no "naming of the parts". It's all about shapes and direction and tone, because your brain can't "see" the parts that way. And this is good too...