Landscape in Pen & Ink
Hidden Shed, 5×7
Rendering in pen & ink has always been a favorite for me. I’m experimenting once again with pen & ink landscape sketches, and with drawing directly with the pen without any preliminary pencil work. It forces one to stay aware of what’s happening on the page to avoid “mistakes”, but sometimes those mistakes add to the quality of the drawing. Construction lines are there forever, but they show the method and the process that brought the image to life.
Williford House, 5×8
Along with a lot of other people, I loved this old house for years. It sat behind a Dairy Queen in Fairfield, Texas. I’ve done a couple of paintings of it, and hope to use my reference photos to do some pen & ink work. In acquiring my photos over the years, I never took more than three or four steps onto the property, so I have no idea what the back looked like, nor the interior. The house has been gone for a while, but I still hear from people who either remember seeing it, and others who spent time in it in the past. You can read more about it here.
“Riverside” was an experiment in rendering heavy foliage in pen & ink. I have a bit more study and a lot more practice ahead to achieve what I want, but it’s a start. Studying the etchings of James McNeill Whistler and the pen & ink illustrations of Franklin Booth is a real education in black and white drawing. Booth had actually studied etchings as a young man and thought they were pen & ink drawings, so he developed a drawing style that mimicked the etchings.
Galveston Rooftop, 8×5
“Galveston Rooftop” represents a completely different way of drawing for me. It takes me back to my college days, experimenting with Speedball pens. Today, I work with Sharpies and Microns. I have mentioned before my interest in the Urban Sketching movement, and this drawing is influenced by that. I hope to develop a consistent style and approach that will allow me to do on-location drawings quickly, drawing directly with the pen without taking the time to do a tight pencil sketch first. I love the loose, storybook feel of this. I think it might help me describe places we find in our travels in a more interesting way.
So there are a few beginning pieces as I head off on yet another tangent. Next, we’ll add a touch of color to some new ink sketches.