Drawing With Pencils on Paper Again
April 11, 2023
Ever since I got my Huawei tablet last year, I drew almost exclusively using it. I can't even remember the last time I used a pencil to draw.
However,each time the tip of the stylus glides smoothly on my tablet's almost frictionless screen, the feel is quite different. I mean, the surface of the tablet's screen is just too smooth. In short, I missed the feel of the friction of the pencil as it glides across the surface of a paper.
Greetings once again my wonderful readers and friends. I'm still quite busy this week, but I'm just thankful that I was able to find some time to draw the other day.
Drawing is a relaxing activity for me.
I have posted the character I drew using Medibang Paint before.
There is a story behind this character, actually. In the past few days, I thought of drawing this character in the old fashion way. So I picked up my pencils and erasers and my sketch pad.
I only have two kinds of pencils. A number 2 pencil, and a 4B Faber Castel pencil. I also have two kinds of erasers, a block, dustless eraser, and a putty eraser.
I did not capture the process of my drawings, but I made two versions of my character in one page.
The costume of both versions are the same. In the version, the character is facing front and doesn't have the 'salakot' a traditional, light-weight Filipino headgear.
The second version is facing left and wearing a salakot.
The pants is a loose red pants, like the prescribed pants in the Modern Arnis tournaments. I learned that, unlike the other martial arts, traditional Arnis or Eskrima does not require a specific costume to practice.
Although this is Filipino character, I used a sleeveless gi for the upper garment. The sleeveless gi Japanese in origin.
I added a bandana that serves as a mask. I plan to make another variation of this soon.
Giho or Gijo, is a rare type of ironwood and it's tougher than the kamagong. The stick is octagonal as compared to the more common cylindrical-shaped arnis sticks.
I learned about Giho sticks from this page: https://www.traditionalfilipinoweapons.com/shop/iron-wood-gijo-sticks-from-the-philippines/
I once thought I can draw using nothing but my tablet. However, the feeling of drawing using a pencil on a piece of paper is not just the same. I realized I can finish a rough sketch faster than doing it on my tablet.
I need to learn how to clean up my drawings properly though. In the past, after finishing the sketch, I would "ink" my work digitally.
One disadvantage of drawing with a pencil on paper is... there is no "UNDO" button.
Post No. 2023-017
Date Posted: April 14, 2023 Philippine Standard Time
All images are mine unless otherwise indicated.