Work and life have been taxing lately, but these repetitive, process-driven drawings of knitting have been just what I’ve needed to mentally disconnect from the stresses in my life.
I can play around with texture and color, trying different approaches from one illustration to the next and seeing what effects I can create.
One of my favorite aspects of these exercises has been that the initial stages only hint at the final result. The gradual accumulation of sketchy contours, shading, and color really only resolve into a recognizable pattern toward the end. I’m never quite sure what will result until I discover it with my pens and pencils.
What I like best, though, is the balance between regularity and imperfection. I love the unique, rumpled quality of actual knitting and I try to capture that in these drawings. I make only minimal pencil guidelines (or none at all in the case of the drawing above. Perhaps I could have used just a few!) and do not try to fix every wonky knot. I want the image to look like something handmade, lived in, and well loved.
Thanks for taking a look. Let me know what you think in the comments below. If there’s any interest in a tutorial I would be happy to share my technique. It’s easy and good for your soul.