Category Archives: dip pen

Hyacinth’s decline

Bamboo dip-pen pen with dilute Lexington grey ink, water-brush with acrylic ink, A4 – two hours This is probably the last drawing there’ll be of the hyacinth that I’ve been documenting since Christmas. Although the leaves have now collapsed under their own weight and … Continue reading

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Hyacinth revisitted

Bamboo dip-pen pen and water-brush, dilute Lexington grey ink, watercolour, A4 – 20 minutes each Once the hyacinth that I drew a few weeks ago was in full bloom the fragrance/smell became too much, so it went outside. It survived the recent … Continue reading

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A toad, a giraffe, two elephants and a Gorgonite

Toy figures are well-behaved models, holding their poses indefinitely. They also give the opportunity to sketch rarely seen creatures, and from unusual angles. Broad dip pen with Carbon black ink, water brush with dilute Carbon black ink, A5 White Uni … Continue reading

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Even handier

Water-brush with Chinese sumi ink, watercolour, A5 Dip pen (very thick nib) with Indian ink, watercolour, A5 The reliable standby subject, my left hand.

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Another hand picture, this time using a thick dip pen nib and grey brush pen for the light shading. Looks strangely gnarly and ancient… Dip pen with Chinese sumi ink, Zig ‘real brush’ pen, A6

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Another skull

My plastic skull, a favourite subject, drawn with thick (2½) dip pen nib. I’m always struck by how far the cheek bone protrudes below the eye… Dip pen, Chinese sumi ink, A5

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To bed

Every Day Matters #5 ‘Your bed’, drawn using a dip pen with a very thick nib. The dip pen and bottle of ink aren’t very portable but make an interesting change, ensuring a slower and more deliberate approach to every … Continue reading

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