Ink and graphite (and some wax)

I have been experimenting with really quick sketching lately where I want to get three values down fast with clearly defined values.

Ink is the simplest way to get the dark value (with some exception depending on paper). The middlevalue here is with pencil.

For this mixed media drawing I used Ink for the dark lines and graphite for middle values and also some wax crayons to promote the deptheffect with colour in the foreground.

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Wash with ink or watercolor?

There are more options!  Water resistant ink and then watercolor washes premixed in a brush pen, sweet way to do it :-)

In this example the complete sketch is done with water resistant ink. After that I restate some choice lines with washable ink. Finally I get in there with the brush pen filled with only water.

It is tricky to get the precise amount of ink laid down to be washed but with practise it is improving.

Happy sketching!

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Ink and wash trials 2

There is another way of handling the wash part of the ”ink and wash” drawing and that is to use watercolour pencils for the coloured wash.

In this example the sketch is done in ordinary pencil and after that the water resistant ink lines is put down. Then you can go a head and use the watercolour pencils and then apply water with a brush or a brush pen( the easy hasslefree way to go about it).

Ideally the fountain pen you use should be able to produce fine lines as well as broad ones (there are flexnib models that are supposed to be able to do that). In lack of such a fountain pen you can get finer lines if you turn the nib backside down when you draw.

Happy sketching!

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Ink and wash trials

I was trying out the fountain pen solution for my ink and wash work in my sketchbook. There sure is a lot to choose from when it comes to fountain pens and inks suitable for them.

I have tried Lamy Safari pen and Noodler’s regular piston filler and the ebonite pen. They all work fine for casual sketchbook work.  The real challenge is to find the right combination of ink, paper and pen(nib). I am still working on that but for now my setup is a regular fountain pen for water resistant ink and a couple more for the washable inks.

My earlier post ”Ink and wash after Canaletto” was made with Rohrer & Klingner sepia ink. It behaved nicely for that application. The example in this post was done with Noodlers Polar Black ink for the water resistant lines and their brown and blue-black for the coloured washes.

Happy sketching!

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Having inkfever

I have been wanting to get back to learning more about ink drawing and pen and wash. I have studied some Rembrandt pen and wash and know it is going to take a long time to get that simplified yet effective balance between the linework and the wash part.

So I figured I would concentrate on the line for starters. When I was looking around on the internet I came across the work of Oscar Cesare. He had some energetic and vivid linework in his inkdrawings that appealed to me. As a bonus there is  much to learn from his compositions and his effective way of ”getting the message across”.

Strange enough Oscar Cesare never got the appreciation or recognition that he deserved from swedish critics even though he actually was swedish…

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Timefactor 1

I have not been drawing for months and that is not a good thing. It ruins your eye-hand coordination for one but generally making all aspects of the drawing ability suffer. So, slumps happen and all you can do is try to learn from them.

Inspiration is such an elusive thing and this time it was given back to me by artist friend Debbie Levin. She kindly invited me into the artist group Overseas Artist Company and their work and encouragement helped rekindle my inspiration. Thanks!

So what I take with me from this is;

  • always sketch even if only for ten minutes a day..
  • and look at other artists work..
  • be part of artist communities in all shapes and forms!


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Spicing up with contrast

Spicing up with contrast

 I felt a bit disappointed after the charchoal trial when the full spectrum of values was not there. After doing some thinking I suddenly remembered Igor Kazarin, and his drybrush technique. He is able to produce wonderful portraits with this technique very close to photorealism.

It is a promising technique if you want to be able to get the really dark values as well as the light ones. I used Old Holland Mars black for this trial on Montval watercolor paper. It should be interesting to try out a few different blacks to go with certain watercolor paper. Igor mentions using Fabriano watercolor paper along with the black oil color Tiondigo that unfortunately is out of production.

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I found this plate from Charles Bargues book; Drawing course. I just love that face and I just had to try and copy it. 

It was nice to try something with the Ingres paper. I noticed I could not get a really dark value with the charcoal. That was quite annoying. I used Nitram soft charcoal but I want more contrast. It would be interesting to try drawing it in pen and ink and that would give me all the contrast I want…  

The Bargue Drawing course has lots of wonderful drawings from masters to copy. I thought Gerome and Bougeureau had some wonderful drawings and it was the first time I saw drawings made by them and they where impressive!

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Testing Hahnemuhle blue Ingres paper

I want to use a paper with dark toned middle value for upcoming portfolio work. So far I have tried Lana color and Fabriano Tiziano pastell paper. I liked Fabriano best since Lana color easily can get spots if you overwork an area with blending and handling like that. Of course different chalks could make better result on that paper.

In my search for old master drawings I found a wonderful tutorial an Prud’hons technique at Rebecca Alzofon’s site

She has some suggestions on papers to use and she mentions Hahnemuhle Ingres as a beginners choice when learning the technique.

I find it is a bit thin and flimsy for my taste and also that it releases some lint (fibres) after extensive blendings. Anyway, it could just be me that must develop a lighter hand. But I love the value and the color :-)

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Reverse thinking a positive experience

Lightening up.

Looking at the bright side of the life (still).

You know what I mean, drawing the light instead of the shadows…simply drawing in reverse  :-)

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