A pair of pistols

The one on the left’s a replica black-powder revolver (each of the six chambers has to be hand-loaded), and the one on the right’s a Magnum (as favoured by this chap).  I’ve sketched guns a couple of times before, but always deactivated ones through the glass of a museum case. These ones were fully useable (licensed, securely stored etc) and sat on a kitchen table (not mine!), so I was able to set them up for good lighting etc., and this felt very strange; in the UK we’re fortunately unfamiliar with firearms. Like all guns they are provocative, they embody a lot of concentrated power, and carry different cultural associations for different people; liberty, oppression, violence, resistance. Strong stuff…

The brush-pen wasn’t really going to work for these so I used ‘old faithful’, a Lamy Safari, and a ruler for the two barrels. (Is this a sketch? It felt more like a technical drawing, I drew some pencil guide lines, and it took longer than an hour… When is a sketch not a sketch?)

latedec5Lexington grey in fountain pen and water-brush, water-colour, and white gel-pen for the highlights, A5 – One hour+

About Ed Mostly

Enthusiastic daily sketcher based in Bath Uk
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5 Responses to A pair of pistols

  1. Stu-ttg-art says:

    1st: Who’s your alter-ego? I get the feeling, I should know him.
    2nd: lovely! Strong, violent … (with a very small voice: perhaps missing a little sparkle on the trigger?)
    3rd: Ruler? certainly _not_ a sketch … just joking, I’ll still go with “it’s a sketch”
    4th: lovely, lovely, lovely
    — Stu

    • Ed Mostly says:

      Ha! Many thanks Stu. Got an itchy trigger finger? I think the old definition of a sketch was about how it supports a future piece of work, or is somehow speedy, or has a relaxed/casual element? Little of whig applies to my sketching. Hmmmm. Will ponder further! Ed

  2. Sherry says:

    Love this one!

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