Category Archives: inks

Lockdown sketches #3: botanical

Having more time to watch the loveliest Spring I can remember means I’ve been drawing more plant life.  Weeds like ivy and bindweed and sticky weed caught my eye at first; I love the way they’re creeping and covering. But … Continue reading

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My eyes! My eyes!

A GIF-tastic round-up of some recent sketches, mostly of Bath, showing how water-colour works with drawings done in bamboo dip-pen and coloured ink. I love the way that the coloured ink lines can fade back into the sketch or be brought forward, … Continue reading

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Multi-coloured dip-pen

For the last few months nearly all my sketching has been in bamboo dip-pen and multi-coloured inks. I love the juicy draggable lines I get with the dip-pen, the wide variation in width and saturation, and having a range of coloured inks … Continue reading

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Testing, testing…

All my sketchbooks have back pages like this, messing around with inks, pens, pencil and paints, seeing how new resources mix with each other on paper; great fun! In amongst the chaos there are occasional serendipitous combinations and miniature abstract … Continue reading

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Baywatch, day and night

Two more Summer seaside views, when I was moving from pen to ink-brush for the key elements of a sketch. The first is from a ledge at the top of the North Cliffs, looking across the bay to Tenby old-town, with tree-tops below … Continue reading

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Six left hands

All the lines were done in brush-pen, loaded with various water-proof inks; Noodlers Brown 41 (the first four), Noodlers Lexington grey (the fifth), and Carbon black (the last). The warm brown ink suits the subject best, merging with the colour wash at times, … Continue reading

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Daily sketch-kit updated

A simpler kit; less is more, and much lighter in the pocket! Details here…

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Same difference

Compare and contrast time again with three sketches looking down the same street towards the Royal Crescent, while sat under one of the five huge trees in The Circus. The first was done with ink-brush a few days ago (colour wash added … Continue reading

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Tenby in ink

The view from Castle Hill, and Tim’s corner barber-shop (“Quality haircuts at fair prices”). I used the acetate grid to mark some key lines in pencil, and then started in the middle with the ink-brush and worked my way out. They’re … Continue reading

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A pair of mugs

Late night cuppas and their shadows, as featured several times before. Just the usual three inks, and I left the table-top unpainted this time. Namiki Blue in fountain pen, Brown 41 and Lexington grey in water-brush, A5 – 30 mins

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