Tag Archives: monochrome

Snow

Our annual UK snow panic has arrived. This is the view from the kitchen window, while the first snow was still falling. Sketching snowy landscapes is fun, with large expanses of nothing, high contrast and a pure focus on tone. … Continue reading

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Big tree

A very tall tree on a campsite in the Forest of Dean, next to a child for scale. Fountain pen with carbon ink, A5

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Lefty

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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Bath Abbey

Met up with Jim to sketch in town. It was damp and foggy outside so we visited the Abbey, where helpful guides showed us typos on memorial plaques (‘immorality’ instead of ‘immortality’), and tiny skulls hidden in the eyes of … Continue reading

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Tree shadow

Sat with my back against a tree, watching its huge shadow move across the grass and creep up the wall opposite. Late afternoon on a high terrace in Istanbul. Fountain pen with Lexington grey ink,  A4

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Wet ink

I went out sketching on Boxing day. It started raining and the resulting drips, blots and puddles helped to improve the picture as sumi ink seems to like water. Carrying the sketch book home, open and dripping was tricky, pools … Continue reading

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Skansen

Wood shingles and a tree next to the cafe at Skansen, the large and excellent outdoor museum in Stockholm. Fountain pen with carbon ink, A5

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Galata tower

The view to the North-West from the top of the Galata tower in Istanbul. It was very windy, with other visitors hats being blown down into the streets below. Marker pen, A3

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Walt

Walt from ‘Breaking Bad’, paused during one of his characteristic appalled expressions as he faces/realises yet another terrible moral dilemma. Drawn from an image on the TV; a rare opportunity to get an entirely static life model, but in 2D. … Continue reading

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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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