Ink pen, and a Mix of Media.

A woman’s face

Began with a quick sketch, using a black Uni pin fine line, pigment ink pen, on Mi-Teintes warm brown, 160gsm pastel paper. I prefer not to use a pencil drawing underneath. Added some colour with Inktense block washes, then added coloured pencil and graphite pencil. Softened the face a little with the smudge tool in the Procreate app, and applied a few more white highlights. This printed up well.

Also I did a black and white pigment ink print, onto 300gsm smooth cotton, Saunders Waterford, watercolour paper; and then added some Inktense colour washes, and a little graphite pencil – as seen below. Sorry about the slight blur from taking a photo of it at night. Though it does show the overall softness of it, which I was pleased to achieve.

I usually complete the original as well, and like how it becomes a sort of catylyst for further artworks.Print of a woman’s face

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A Gathering of Pears – Ink Pen and Wash

A drawing of pears
This is the finished ink pen and wash drawing. Two process images below.

Pears are another favourite subject matter of mine; these are sitting, in a shallow dish on our dining table. I usually make a display of them there; as much to draw them, as to eat them. I love their shapes and colours; the way they lean into each other, and with their elegant stems arching this way and that, they appear to be enjoying a chat. Brown markings are starting to appear on their skin – I’ve been admiring them a little too long…

This link here, is to post I did of iPad pear paintings – accompanied with some word play. 

I began with a Uni-ball ink pen. *To enlarge the images, please tap on one of them.

When I began to add some black Inktense block washes, my brush accidentally slipped across a colour called “natural brown”, so I decided to use that as well – which created pleasant sepia tones.

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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.

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Designing, Printing, and Making Cards with My Art

Dog painting

Began with watercolour on Cold Pressed, 300gsm Arches watercolour paper. Then dabbed freehand with my finger, some art app media, in the Procreate app.

This is Bob one of our dogs – Jack Russels – sitting on the couch. Probably hoping to hear those favourite words, “want to go for a walk”.  Below is our other dog called Seth….sleeping – they do a lot of that, as they are both getting on in years. I worked from some quick sketches, and managed a photo of Bob before he moved. In both images I’ve worked on them further in the “Procreate” app.

Sleeping dog
This began as a small graphite pencil sketch on paper, then I took it into “Procreate” and added some colour freehand, with the “artist crayon”.

I decided to print and make cards from the artwork; adding to a growing selection of images I use when producing my cards. *More info of the processes under the pics.

Dog
I arrange the image onto a template in the “Pages” app, and also place some words on the back. I arrange some words and tiny pics for the back of the card in an app called “Book Creator”. Then bring the finished design into “Pages”.

Before printing my art (and taking them into “Pages”) I make some colour and tonal adjustments to the images, in the Photo section of my iPad. Over time I’ve learnt how the image on the screen needs to look to make a good print; also I take into consideration the paper I choose to print on. I’ve discovered the paper I use, will have a huge impact on how well the print turns out. For my cards I use Canson 220 drawing paper. It has a lovely texture and weight for cards – and for larger prints.

Back of a card
Though it may be difficult to read here, you can probably see I mention using eco friendly paper and packaging for my cards.
Dog cards
Below the cards are “bizzo” cards, as I call my home made business cards. I place the images of them (the words have already been put on them in the Phonto app) into “Pages”, then print them onto a smooth 270gsm Strathmore Bristol paper. Then cut them out with my guillotine.

I have these for sale in my local area, and have some of my art available as art prints, and on various items, in my Red Bubble shop, here.

Really enjoy the many creative opportunitys available with using an iPad (don’t use a computer). Thankful†

Thanks for viewing my work – enjoy your weekend!