Today I finished Alphonso Dunn's Pen & Ink book exercise book. I write briefly about it in the Drawingº page and recommend it. It was certainly useful and I enjoyed having a set of directed exercises. Over time, I could see what I was learning being applied to any imaginative / creative drawing I was doing. I haven't really focused a lot on shading and representing value, but now I feel that I have a few actual tools in my toolbelt for trying to conscientously represent values.
I've been inspired to go outside and paint more. Last night I got out into an empty field that I thought would be fairly boring. Sure enough, when I arrived I saw that someone was getting a hair cut in the middle of the field (where I am things are still locked down due to the COVID-19 Pandemic). I sat down on my skateboard, got out my watercolor set and tried to get things done quickly. I'm still very slow, and often I start focusing on details rather than on blocking in large shapes first. This was a good quick lesson in realizing that overthinking details too soon doesn't work in plein eir, at least when the subject might move.