Size: 17 x 20 cms
Media: Pen and Ink
Pen: Noodler's Flex nib
I decided it was time to experiment a little as I hadn't done that for a while. I usually draw directly in ink without pre drawing in pencil...This can be quite dangerous as there is little to no room for 'errors'...if an 'error' is made, then it is usually incorporated into the work somehow...this is why I have a fairly scruffy style...they say it can give you a more natural line rather than a carefully planned one. Like everything, there are advantages and disadvantages. I noticed that when I use pure black ink, it can be very unforgiving trying to shade things with hatching and textures (often ending up with areas far darker than required.) I also enjoy using brown ink as this starts off light and gets darker the more you put on..pretty useful with the direct ink technique. My experiment today, was to mix a 'gray' ink by adding water to black ink....this has a similar effect to the brown...starts off light and gets darker the more that is applied. It was an interesting experiment which I will use again. I will now take off my anorak (I have to wear it for these sort of posts.)
I don my cowboy hat and wait in the shade next to the Old Church Tower in the Plaza.