In this old sketchbook, I’m working the same way I would today, except I’m finding these older drawings are sometimes much more complicated. Somewhere in my process over the years, I started simplifying these drawings. For example, in the drawing below, I had this box thing I was adding to these drawings. This same style shows up in my oil paintings from the early 80s.
I decided to go back into some of these drawings in the old sketchbook and put in some watercolor in areas of the drawings. I’m using some of the techniques I’ve been using with my monochromatic head studies, such as using tissue paper to bring out of the white of the paper for lighter areas. I’m adding color as well to introduce a painterly feel to these old drawings.