A little experiment

A while back, when Autumn was just beginning, I saw some wonderfully grotesque and beautiful small seasonal gourds at the local farm stand. I picked out three and told myself I had to try to draw them. The convoluted odd shapes presented a challenge and I wasn’t sure how to approach them. Then I thought “why not try painting the objects loosely and drawing over the paint”? This is something I never do. Usually I draw a fairly complete image with pencil or pen and then, to add color, paint over it. So it was something of an experiment in technique. I roughed in the basic shape of each gourd and when the paint dried, I used a platinum carbon pen to draw over them. The end result was not a great drawing but the experiment of using a different process was very interesting. I thought I’d share it.

drawing experiment by painting first and drawing over with pen
photo of the three gourds – in a slightly different arrangement than when I did the drawing

Author: Jeff Gold

I'm a retired musician (oboist) now living in Vermont and exploring various avenues of art, urban sketching, life drawing, block printing and digital abstractions.

8 thoughts on “A little experiment”

    1. Thanks Donna. I think the end result is not that different from what I usually do (drawing first and then color over it). But I think it does keep the drawing a bit looser than usual (something I’m trying to cultivate).


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