Kristin's Tutorial Tryouts this week was Denthe's geometric approach to painting abstracts. The red and black version above, using fine point pens, was my second effort. I decided I liked the idea of a very restricted number of colours for this technique and I always love using just red and black on white. This was my favourite of the three I attempted.
Then, because things are rather difficult at the moment, I decided to save time by using coloured pens instead of paints. Big mistake, not helped by the fact that some of the pens started to run out before I had finished, as you can see from the streaky mess. I was quite pleased with the result of the design, but didn't feel it was 'my own', which is why I went on to the black and red version.
Using a bit of sense for the black and red one, I drew a 4" square. Instead of geometric shapes I drew random curvy shapes and small circles.. Filling in the colours is a little like doing a jig-saw or a puzzle, making sure colours always butt on to a different colour. The result makes me think of circus faces.
For the fishy shapes I used more colour, again within a 4" square. I used kiddies sparkly gel pens, and you can see some of the sparkle in the top half - we actually had a couple of hours of sunshine yesterday that highlighted the sparkles. I quite like this one, though you will probably notice the non-deliberate mistake in colouring. Ten points for you if you do.
I do like drawing black outlines around my shapes, though I was always told in art classes that 'people and things do not have black lines around them in real life'. So I thought I would see what happened on this little sketch if I outlined the fish more clearly. It loses a lot of the abstract nature, but I like it.
This is an enjoyable technique that can be adapted to anyone's style. It is interesting trying to get the right balance of drawings, geometric shapes, 'in-between spaces' and colour, and I enjoyed the tutorial.
My thanks to Denthe for her generosity in sharing, and to Kristin for using the tutorial this week.
Do check out Denthe's tutorial,
and the great paintings by other artists on Kristin's Tutorial Try-outs.