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Sketch of a Girl

Sketch of a Girl

Sketch of a Girl

Copyright Jeff Thomann, 1999

Media: Ink on Paper
Original Status: Not for Sale at this time
Print Status: Prints of this image on various items is available at
Original Size: 3 1/2″ x 5″
Primary Themes: Portrait, Female, Sketch, Drawing, Line, Study


3 responses

  1. These little 3 1/2″ x 5″ doodles like this one are mostly quick sketches done in 30-60 seconds. Some developed in to more detail over time, and took 10-15 minutes. It really just varied. Typically the individual was always moving that I was trying to draw, but had limited movements.

    I used to draw this sort of stuff on breaks at work, out sitting at the mall at Cafe Court, or just out on the quad or anywhere really… especially if the individual that I was attempting to draw was sitting down somewhere.

    I was trying to do fast gesture drawings that captured as many quick details as I could in as short of a time as I could. I loved the little sketch pads that were that size since they are easy to just toss in your pocket and walk away. I used to have a small pouch that I carried around with me everywhere that had one pocket for the sketchbooks and another for writing instruments – typically ball point pens of various colors, maybe a #2 pencil, and occasionally charcoal, cante crayon, or even pastel sometimes. The pouch was some made of plastic canvas with some canvas material on it that I sewed on with fishing line that had a leather flap so that it was sturdy and durable.

    I really liked ball point pens since they were fast, could do infinite levels of detail, and I could switch the colors to do a lot of abbreviations… like black was darkest, blue was mid tones, and red was light colors that still had tones, etc. Toss in a pencil lead here and there for a few other grey tones, and a charcoal mark for the darkest darks.

    January 4, 2010 at 12:55 pm

  2. You may see some yellow areas in some of the drawings that will be posted shortly. This is, I think, mainly due to the acid in the ball point pens eating away at the paper, and it’s especially noticeable in some of the earlier drawings when I was trying to be conservative and draw on both sides of the paper… The yellow acid is starting to eat away at the paper from the other side, even though the paper is acid free, or that’s my best guess as to what is happening. I didn’t notice the yellow areas until about 2-3 years ago when glancing at some of the sketches.

    That is one of the main reasons, among the many reasons that I’m scanning these images in to a digital format. I’m afraid that if I don’t they will continue to decay over time, and all the art historians looking for my early works won’t know what to do, lol. (Hey, this is my blog you are visiting, let me be the dreamer! 🙂 )

    Some of these works are over 12 years old. I do agree, some of them are not the greatest works in the world, but that’s why they are getting classified as artfolio here instead of as portfolio. Remember, the Portfolio status is reserved for my best works.

    January 5, 2010 at 10:18 pm

  3. This is a great post; it was very informative. I look forward in reading more of your work. Also, I made sure to bookmark your website so I can come back later 🙂

    February 19, 2010 at 2:48 pm

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