A Casting of Stones

companion site for the web-sketchbook of David-Glen Smith

Sunday, September 26, 2010

moment 16: thinking of crows

A hasty sketch—self with abstracted scratches. Wanted to find the energy of crows in flight, rather than a scientific, detailed drawing of the birds themselves. Over the course of the next few days I plan to experiment with more symbolic abstractions, similar to Leonard Baskin’s etchings, but in my case the pen will be a milkweed wand cut and trimmed to resemble a pen-nib. Hopefully the sketches will contain the scratching textures of quills and early reed pens—a rough energy that mimics the notions of blackbirds and grackles collectively.

Pens: Prismcolor 005, 05, BR