Sketching people in ink

I’m teaching a sketching class this fall, focusing on people and finding expressions. In trying to decide which mediums to use, ink stands out as the best tool for capturing movement and caricatures quickly and deliberately, without revisions. This is important to me because I want the students to move forward constantly, repeating attempts rather than removing failed marks, where the process is emphasized over the product.

Oyster Bay Fairy Compound

Oyster Bay Fairy Mansion. Original acrylic painting on stretched canvas, 16″ x 16.” Sold.

Beyond the cones and up the hill, in the background, blue plastic tulle shades the sky ridge, where she looks down upon the bumbling humans who visit to watch the airplanes come and go from Oakland International. She also encourages the pocket gophers to pop up and surprise the plein air painters and to make sure the gopher snakes don’t bask on the mountain bike trails.