Sunday, May 06, 2007

Every day in May no. 6

I´m reading Sarah Simblet´s "The Drawing Book" right now (if you have not seen this book - go check it out! Now!) and found this really inspiring little exercise. In a drawing of a dog, she starts out with a dip pen and very diluted ink, and draws a few sketchy lines to capture the shape of the dog. Then she uses more and more concentrated ink to define the drawing as she goes along.

I decided to try this today. I used an old bottle of a reddish brown fountain pen ink (water soluble) and diluted it with a lot of water and started sketching with a dip pen. Once I got the shape of it, I added more and more ink to the ink solution, and kept drawing.

I kind of like the result, and above all, I like the process. You can start out really cautiously, and because your first lines are so light, they won´t disturb the drawing later on. A fun way to build up a drawing.

Dip pens are fantastic. No other pens (not even the Lamy Safari Extra Fine, even though I love drawing with it) give such varied lines. You just put a little more pressure on the pen, and the line width grows immediately, leaving traces of your own temperament in the drawing. Lovely.

The drawing is 8 x 12 cm, dip pen and some brownish ink (don´t know the brand) on a small Moleskine Watercolor page. The drawing is photographed three times during the process, with the camera´s white balance in the completely wrong mode, hence the blue edges...

10 comments:

Kunya said...

What a wonderful idea. I'm sure I'm going to try this. Thanks for posting. The result is very nicc.

caseytoussaint said...

That sounds like a must-read, but can I really justify another drawing book? The process makes a lot of sense, and I love the result you've gotten here.

José Louro said...

Thank you!

Anna said...

Very interesting and quite inspiring!

Jana Bouc said...

This is wonderful. Thanks for the tip about the book. I agree about the wonderful lines of a dip pen and your drawing shows it well.

alteredtome said...

Very nice work. I am rather fond of pears in art work and your's is wonderfully done. Like that it isn't a perfect, unblemished pear.

Now you have inspired to dig out my old nibs and holders and have a go at it myself. Thanks for the technique of starting with the dilluted ink.

Chris

Africantapestry said...

Great drawing again and interesting technique. A wonderful the dip-pen!thanks for the tip about the book, will definitely have a look at it!
Ronell

Christeen said...

This is SO neat! I really like the drawing!

SCquiltaddict said...

Its hard to say which of your sketches, painting are best...they are all wonderful...i do like these pear sketches....off to do is it day 9? out my kitchen window it will be too...

glassgirl said...

This was a great entry and it inspired me. I attempted to use the technique with less success. What ratio did use for the ink/water?
I linked to you.