The show in Paris must have been great. I wish I had been able to see it. The website of DRAWING NOW is a bit odd to navigate: you need to go to the list of galleries and then open each gallery feature to see works. There are many different styles to see from representational to abstract. Take your time to go through the lists of galleries.
My favorite is the Korean artist Namgoong Whan. I am reluctant to use attributes like “mind blowing” but those drawings come pretty close to that. Here is a link to his portfolio of ink drawings from his website.
Some time ago I did a short series of abstract ink drawings (see above example). The idea was to fill a sheet with small identical marks as a concentration exercise. I can commend to do such an experiment, after some time things happen in your mind that you would not expect.
I had made a mental note of this place on one of my recent excursions through the thickets. A remote place away from the walkers highway. Only the farmers are around on the fields with their spraying machines, but I got this one done before I had to retreat into the bushes.
Spring is here, every day…almost every hour changes become visible. Spring seems to be the fastest season. In 2-3 weeks all the fresh greens, the white and pinkish blooming will be over. I rushed out after work to do a quick sketch…
Coarse woody debris is a fascinating world for itself. There is a special program applied in the managed public forest around my home to leave more woody debris in the forests. The intention is to improve the living conditions for natural enemies of forest pests. As a result there are many old tree trunks left either standing or fallen. Another great micro habitat are the old tree stumps, covered with moss, dotted with mushroom spawn and little ants and bugs living inside.
I did two versions of the old tree stump. While the first layer of gouache colours dried slowly I did a quick reed pen drawing in ink, which I coloured on the second session.
Finally spring is coming. First only the larch trees showed some fresh green, but in the last couple of days the grass is growing greener and the leaves of hornbeam become visible. The birds concert gets more and more polyphonic. A new spring season is at the doorstep, I look forward to see the wonder happen again. I visited the place on three different days to do this gouache sketch.
Recently I updated my microsite about drawing deciduous trees. I used the line sketch above to illustrate basic steps that can help beginners to draw such complicated matter as a tree top. As first step I suggest to draw the shape of the tree in order to get familiar with the proportions of trunk and tree top. Then bigger groups of leaves along the branches can be mapped, in a next step a more detailed structure of the foliage can be added and finally shadows in hatches can give some more volume to the drawing. This is a simple “recipe” for beginners. Further studies will train the eye and with more and more knowledge of the subject such “recipes” will be obsolete and drawing will evolve very relaxed.