Back to my trumpet part series of 100 drawings and paintings.  Only Eighty Four more to go.

Trumpet Parts, #16, ink & copic marker

Yesterday I saw Derick Melander’s The Painful Spectacle of Finding Oneself, three tall stacks of folded fabrics.  One of the stacks is a pile of various red and black fabrics.  I was reminded of how wonderfully reds and blacks play against each other. I decided to use two fountain pens this morning, one with black ink, one with a mixture of red and black inks.  I used my water brush to bleed the red/black ink into the forms of the trumpet parts.  Warm grays were added using Ciao Copic Markers.  The red is terribly subtle, yet it adds considerably to the otherwise monochromatic drawing.

The small inset drawing was completed prior to drawing the trumpet parts in the larger box.  Normally I complete the entire page of line drawing prior to adding values.  Altering my method every now and then contributes to new directions and possibilities.

After a few attempts at value studies with my new Ciao Copic Markers I realized I needed to make value charts and identify my markers by value according to my five step and seven step value scales.

Five and Seven Step Value Scale Analysis of Markers

I have only a small selection of markers, mostly warm and cool grays.  I evaluated the value of each marker considering both a single stroke and a double stroke of each marker.

Comparing marker values to value charts

Note that my value scales run off the edge of the page.  My marker strips also run off the edge of the strip so that I can more easily compare the values.

Plotting the values

After deciding where the value of each marker, for both one stroke and double stroke, I complete my five step and seven step value charts for easy reference.  It is difficult to use the markers effectively when I try to judge the value by the caps on the markers.

Two landscape value studies

Simple value scale landscape sketches are much easier using my reference charts.