NBA players and yelling manager, ink

NBA players and yelling manager, ink

Except for doing these sketches while watching the NBA Basketball Finals last week, it was a pretty rough week, with no energy for art or blogging. I kept putting the TiVo on pause to sketch, enjoying drawing with a Pilot fountain pen and then adding a bit of water to make the line bleed and turn into an ink wash.

NBA Finals: Aiming for a free throw, ink

NBA Finals: Aiming for a free throw, ink

Then I started trying to capture a little more action, drawing in pencil.

NBA Finals pencil sketch

NBA Finals pencil sketch

I enjoy watching basketball playoffs and seeing these 7 foot tall, extremely buff, and mostly really cute guys with charming smiles, maneuver their massive bodies like ballerinas, leaping through the air, dodging and dancing around each other, or just storming down the court like a locomotive, charging the hoop, hanging from it when they dunk the ball in, or tossing the ball from across the court and watching it swish right in (or not).

I took so long with pausing the game to sketch that I had to fast forward to the last five minutes to see who won so that I could go to bed before midnight.

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  1. The no ink highlights on the ‘aiming for the free throw’ sketch give a very dramatic and definitely intense look to his face.

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  2. I always forget about pausing the TV to draw – love your players and the inky wash!!!

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  3. Great sketches Jana…especially that third guy aming for this free throw, is SO great…you can feel the tension!
    Ronell

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  4. Wow! Nicely controlled “bleeds” here, Jana. (Mine invariably became Tsunamis!)
    And the free throw player- seems we all like that one.

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  5. Love the sketches and the way the pen bleeds. We just have to keep sketching to keep up those skill levels. These really show your skill.

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  6. Very cool drawings! The pen and ink work certainly is dramatic. Great expressions!

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  7. A bleedin’ pen? Yes, ink is a great medium to use, especially when you are game enough to add water to create other shapes by chance. These look really good. I once used only two coloured inks and what was interesting was that more colours happened when I added water.
    w.

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