Three Works in Ink Pen and Wash

Vase of flowers
Ink line drawing, using an Artline Calligraphy pen, and a Uni-ball pen; with a brush over with black Inktense wash.

It’s the “Inktober” challenge this month. However, after doing 31 watercolours, in 31 days for the “WorldWatercolourMonth” challenge, I’ve decided to partake of this challenge in a more limited way. It’s not so much the drawing and painting daily (as most days I usually do some kind of art) as the posting online in various places everyday, that can be particularly challenging!

So I’ll try to share an inky post at least once, ideally twice a week, and more if possible. *More Info on the captions.

This link, will take you to a Inktober “FAQ” page, which helps inform of the guidelines for the challenge. I was glad to see “digital” ink works are quite acceptable. I’ll do one, two, or more… ink drawings in art apps I like.

Artline Calligraphy pen, Uni-ball pen, Micron pen, and some washes from Inktense blocks.

The Zen  2 app, offers particularly appealing ink brushes that, glide and swish around so easily (I use my finger, rather than a stylus) as you draw on the screen – I’ll do a drawing in that app. Although I don’t use a stylus, I’ve briefly tried the “iPad Pencil” and it was pretty amazing!

I’m likely to have a dash about with an Artline pen; the one that makes lovely washes when you run the brush over the linework.   Unfortunately it’s not light fast,(unlike their new calligraphy pen) but so enjoyable to use. Sometimes, I solve the problem by scanning an Artline drawing into the iPad, and then printing it on my printer, which uses fade resistant pigment ink.

The pens I’ve used here, are fade proof and waterproof. I miss the whooshyness of the Artline pen, but adding a wash helps me enjoy them more.

Tree and landscape
Artline Calligraphy pen, Uni-ball pen and black washes with Intense block ink. I used a bit of pencil underneath. Usually I like to wing it without pencil guidelines. Inspired by local scenery, near where I live.

Thanks for viewing my work!

5 thoughts on “Three Works in Ink Pen and Wash

    1. Thank you for your comment! I had great advice many years ago at Art school, to use line lightly, and then decide which ones to deepen – a constant reminder I give, when helping others learn to draw. Also drawing quickly, and lots of practice helps! 🙂

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      1. Sounds like great advice! My greatest mentor used to say ‘if in doubt leave it out. He also believed in holding work in front of a mirror or upside down, to help me to see what was going wrong or right! Enjoy your drawing.😁

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