Recently, I decided to focus more on drawing animals, particularly in ink. In that process, I ran across the YouTube channel of an amazing artist named Alphonso Dunn. He has a huge catalog of videos there, which he’s graciously produced and made available for free. One that particularly caught my eye is titled “The Less is More Principle”. Which led to this drawing.
Pen can be tricky, and as Alphonso teaches, it can be very useful to learn to be brief with your strokes, and capture the immediacy of the subject in that moment. I wanted to capture the essence of this dog quickly, and I was happy with this effort.
Incidentally, Alphonso came out with his first book a few weeks ago. He wanted to produce the kind of book he wanted when he was trying to teach himself how to draw in pen. “Pen and Ink Drawing: A Simple Guide” doesn’t disappoint. He is passionate about teaching and about drawing, and he is one of the few artists I’ve come across who is really good at both. He can boil difficult principles down to a paragraph or two. (He has some wonderful videos on perspective, for example, that brought me closer to understanding this than anything I’ve come across.)
He is wonderful, and has such a gentle and gracious way about him, too. By the way, he also works in pen and watercolor, graphite; he doesn’t limit himself to just ink. I encourage you to check out his YouTube channel, and consider taking a look at his book (free preview on Amazon, here) to see if you might find it useful. It’s already the #1 bestseller on Amazon in its category. Congratulations, Alphonso, and well-deserved!
Happy Wednesday; we’re almost home free now! I want to thank all of you for taking this journey with me. Peace and creative wonderment to all.