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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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Sensual lines (11 pict)

by Henk ter Heide on Thursday August 18, 2011

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Verso I




Dobra 2

Circle detail

Coluna 2


Sobe detail 1

Magro 4



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


Color islands

by Henk ter Heide on Tuesday March 23, 2010

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For the last few years I’ve been playing a kind of game with my self. I look at an object; a tree, car or park bench. And while I’m looking at it I try to imagine it.
Doing that feels as a kind of memory practice.
That is, I’m not sure whether I’m improving my memory. But it feels like that.

The problem until recently was that it also invoked a very strong feeling. So strong that I never knew whether it was a good feeling or not.
But a few weeks ago I noticed that the feeling had changed. It’s still a very strong feeling and I still don’t recognize it. But I’m now sure that’s a good feeling.

So the last few weeks I’ve been looking a lot. At everything around me. At everything I would want to draw.
And I finally realized something that’s probably obvious for people who are not autistic. But I never saw it.
The background of an object is very important.
A tree is nothing without the park or forest it belongs to.
The reflection of an early morning sun in a black wet road is nothing without the trees and the cars that surround it.

So for the last few weeks I’ve been thinking about how to draw background. Specifically about a color pencil drawing technique I read about years ago where you hash colors together.
In this study I’m finding out how you can mix colors.
I’m finding that the nice part of this technique that you can’t actually predict what kind of colors you’ll get after mixing a few colors.

I’m must try this on a somewhat larger scale.

Color islands
Color islands


Playing with pebbles

by Henk ter Heide on Saturday March 20, 2010

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I wanted to play a little with the pebble shape. It seemed like a nice idea to suggest the shapes of pebbles touching each other by only coloring parts of the shapes.
But for some reason it didn’t work.
Maybe I used to many pebbles or maybe the hole idea is impossible.

For now I compromised and draw something a bit like what I had in mind.
But I will be coming back to this idea.

Playing with pebbles study 1
Playing with pebbles study 1

Playing with pebbles study 2
Playing with pebbles study 2



by Henk ter Heide on Tuesday March 16, 2010

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I started this drawing 5 times before I was satisfied with the result.
The first time was when I got the idea. But I didn’t like the shapes.
The last time I realized that if I wanted to contrast between white and black I should use a pen that’s really black instead of grayish.




by Henk ter Heide on Sunday February 28, 2010

in Personal

I just saw a video by Seth Godin about shipping.
He mentions something I never realized.
I always thought that being an artist is about making beautiful and interesting drawings. But not according to Seth.
Seth Godin says that any business is about shipping.

And of course he is right.
In the Christmas holiday I started a very complicated drawing that probably will be very beautiful if I ever get it finished.
But like with most complicated drawings that I do. It takes a lot of time to complete and the middle part isn’t very interesting to do.
I haven’t done much drawing the last few months, so I’m still only about one third the way of completing the drawing.

Thinking about this shipping idea I realized that there is a better way to drawing. It would work much better if I draw a lot of these easy, quick drawings. And when I feel like it I’ll intermix them with working on the more complex drawings.

Lines 6



by Henk ter Heide on Saturday May 9, 2009

in Technique

As I wrote in my last post “the difficult part of drawing a nose is getting a curved line at a specific distance of an other curved line”. I thought I should device some practice to get better at it and here it is.
What can I say. On the one hand it’s a boring exercise of course, but on the other it does become easier with practice.

I find that my hands starts to shake a little bit when I try this kind of practice. Which is something I have had before. But I never dared to go on practicing so I actually don’t know if this is something that will pass with practice.
In a few days I must try this again and see what happens.