Friday, September 11, 2009

Pen line drawing with brush accents

This is a sketch from my 1977 book DRAWING IN INK. Through the years I have experimented with a variety of ink line techniques and this illustration demonstrates an interesting way to combine pen and brush in an illustration.

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I begin by doing a few rough compositional sketches with a Pentel pen and a black Magic marker. These are just diagrams to help me compose the final scene.

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I liked the second sketch and developed it further.

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Next I do a tight pencil drawing , trace it on the illustration board and ink it with a technical pen.

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With a fairly well loaded brush I start inking the heavy blacks. Then I gradually build up the other tones using a crosshatch technique with the technical pen.

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