Monday, February 16, 2009

Books Can Be Like An Old Friend

Here is a tulip a sketched in the flower book.

I have mentioned that I've done pen and ink for a long time. I've always loved pen and ink work. I remember buying a book when I was in high school, maybe even junior high. I worked through the book, read all the words, copied most of the drawings. I learned alot, even if I couldn't have put what I learned into words back then.

Then, after college and a few years of working as a software engineer I decided to do some art in my spare time. I bought Rendering in Pen and Ink by Arthur Guptill. It is a fabulous tome on the subject. I worked through it as well. Dutifully, I did the exercises...practiced making all the different lines that he suggests...spent several hours doing those practice "moves"...whiled away the hours staring at the illustrations in the book. I still turn to that book now and again, always feeling refreshed for having done so.

You know, that's why I love books...some of them become old friends.

As a side note, I understand that Guptill also wrote a companion volume to the pen and ink one above. As I was searching on Amazon I found this one, is that perhaps a reprint of the companion volume which has long been out of print? Does anyone know?


Jo Castillo said...

Hi Rose, I know nothing about books as you know. :) Lovely sketch. It is always good to have a favorite passtime to fall back on when you need one!

Rose Welty said...

Jo, you don't need just know...those of us with lesser instincts need books. :D

Teresa Mallen said...

Oh, I love my copy of Arthur Guptill's Rendering book!! I too did the exercises and poured over the illustrations. It is one of my favourite books. It is a shame that pen and ink isn't done more. I am not familiar with the book you found but I would buy anything of his - I don't think you could go wrong. :-)