I decided to attempt a drawing technique used during the Renaissance called Silver Point.
Now, I couldn’t get my hands on a silver stylus, which is what they would have used, so I used a pen that’s out of ink.
I had to change my plans when I realized that to get the required ground cost more than I was willing to spend for a one time project, so I decided to draw on a canvas through transfer paper. My goal was to be as accurate as possible without reworking the piece.
That's where challenge comes in. Once an artist working in silver point put down a line, he was committed to it because this technique doesn’t allow for erasing and I wasn't able to erase while doing this either.
When you consider this, it’s kind of obvious why people were so great at drawing in those days. They pretty much had to be.
So here's my finished piece. I knew when I was drawing it that the forehead was too low. I'm not sure how the mouth ended up where it is, though.
So, obviously what I did there wasn't actual silver point, but what I did, drawing without being able to erase, is it something you want to do? Do you want to draw in a way that essentially doesn't allow you to correct your mistakes?
Well, if it's something you intend to sell, you need to be very confident and competent in your drawing skills, because not only can you not erase with metal point, you really can't even see what you're doing as you're drawing! But, to draw without erasing can be a very good exercise. I suggest using a regular pen without any drawing under it.
By drawing in a way that doesn't allow you to correct your mistakes, you'll be forced to think a lot more about what you're doing and that will show you what you need to work on.
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Painter of portraits and wildlife