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by Henk ter Heide on Thursday April 5, 2012

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A barren landscape with a red river. That must be called the river of blood.
Which has me thinking about the Klingon blood pie.
It’s strange.
There is a Dutch sausage that is called a “bloed worst” which translates to
blood sausage. Which is actually made of blood. Cows blood I believe.
So why would blood pie be an imaginary dish where blood sausage is real?

Anyway, I imagined the picture as is minus the sun.
In my imagination it seemed like a nice picture. But when I saw it I realized
that without the sun it would be empty.

Only now I see the drawing on my screen I realize that I reversed the perspective of the river.

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River of blood



by Henk ter Heide on Tuesday April 3, 2012

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When I still drew with pencils I always felt that I didn’t have enough colors to choose from.
With 72 different color pencils I was always longing for that mysterious color that wasn’t in the set.
Now I have three colors. Black, red and green and now I feel I have all the colors I need.
Apparently it’s really true what they say: When you limit yourself you get more freedom.

The point of this drawing was to surprise myself.
I didn’t want to be able to imagine what the finished drawing was going to look like before it was finished.
And I succeeded.
It was only when I saw the drawing from a different angle that I suddenly realized what it was supposed to depict.

Here’s hoping I get to do this again.

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by Henk ter Heide on Sunday April 1, 2012

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I started this drawing about a month ago.
It’s almost finished. An other 4 or 5 black and red blocks and I’d have the effect I was going for.
But for the life of me I couldn’t force myself to go on with it.

Tonight I dreamed about a very complicated picture I would want to draw. Far to complicated to remember what it was. Never mind to draw it.
But thinking about it I did realize what is wrong with this drawing.
It’s predictable.
I can already picture it in my mind.
So why bother finishing it.

Time for the next drawing.

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Black and white

by Henk ter Heide on Saturday March 3, 2012

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Black and white by Henk ter Heide

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by Henk ter Heide on Wednesday February 29, 2012

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Crossroad by Henk ter Heide

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by Henk ter Heide on Monday February 27, 2012

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Connections by Henk ter Heide

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by Henk ter Heide on Saturday April 17, 2010

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Sometimes I get reminded of all the stupid things I was taught when I was a child. Things like it’s better to quite an activity then not to finish the project you’re working on right now.

The purpose of this sketch was to find out if it’s possible to get these nice color mixes with color hatching while at the same time retaining some control over the color.
As it turns out, that is possible.

Because it’s easier to color between the lines I had helped myself by drawing some random lines.
But by doing so it felt as though this was supposed to be a real drawing.
So after I had colored a few panels and felt that I had nothing more to learn from this sketch and I wanted to put it on this site and move on.

But then I heard the very angry voice of my mother in my head. “You never finish anything!”. “You should finish what you start!”. “You are always procrastinating”. And drawing lost all of it’s fun.
That was how it used to be some 40 years ago.
At one point I took up dancing. Which was fun apart from the fact that I was the only guy present. (Which is fun when you’re 16 but not when you’re 13 and all the girls are better dancers then you are.)
You wouldn’t believe how mad my mother became when I announced that was going to quit.

After Mr. “nobody’s” comment I started thinking again and remembered that this sketch only has a limited goal.

Thinking about this some more I did realize one thing though. What is missing from my current way of working is speed. Since my best drawings where kind of accidental there is not much purpose to my thinking about what I’m doing on a drawing by drawing base.

I do realize that figurative drawings would sell much better then abstract. Drawing abstract is a way of experimenting with techniques without having the straight jacked of having to draw objects that are prospectively correct. (If nothing else I’ll always be a perfectionist).
I do want to go back to drawing more recognizable shapes. But only if I can find a way to draw the complicated world in which I’m living.

color hatching sketch
color hatching sketch


Colored stripes

by Henk ter Heide on Friday April 9, 2010

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Very soon after starting this drawing I realized that I was doing something else then I had planned. But even so it seemed like fun to finish the drawing the way I started to find out what would happen.

This afternoon I looked back at all my drawing because I’m making a page with my best drawings. It turns out that the drawings that I like best are the result of mistakes I made.
Mistakes that led me to ideas.

And indeed while I was doing this drawing I thought of something I’m going to do tomorrow.

Colored lines
Colored lines


Color hatching 1

by Henk ter Heide on Monday April 5, 2010

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It does seem to be possible to control the colors while I’m color hatching and still get some interesting colors.
Of course this drawing is only a proof of concept. Doesn’t look like much, does it.

Turns out that there is a way to get the colors to interact. I can use either the lightest yellow or the white pencil to blend colors.
If I use yellow to blend blues I get a lot of green colors.
If I use white something happens. Not quite sure what.
I have to do some more experimenting to find out.

Color hatching 1
Color hatching 1


Love and fear

by Henk ter Heide on Sunday April 4, 2010

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My fountain pen is gliding over the paper. Up, down, up, down.
I love to watch while the black is slowly consuming the white paper. I could do this all day.
But I won’t.
If I just paint the whole paper black there isn’t much to look at.
But I would want to…

Then comes the hard part.
Although the colors I get with this color hatching technique are beautiful. They are also completely unpredictable.
I don’t like things that are unpredictable.

The shorter the lines, the more colors I use, the more unpredictable and beautiful the result.
Or I can begin with a layer of some color and then place a few lines on top. That’s far more predictable but not as beautiful.

I’m mostly fearful of my next few drawings.
I want to try to make kind of a landscape using my new color technique. But I’m not sure how.
If I can’t predict the colors how can I get them to interact?

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Love and fear
Love and fear