Monday, April 4, 2011

Ink line sketches

After taking a trip I often do drawings and sketches from photos. Some of these were done for a travel agent client that I produced brochures and ads for. Drawings seemed to work better than photographs in the brochures. These drawings were all done using a technical pen 0n illustration board. The black areas were added using a brush and India ink.







Anonymous said...

Hi Harry,

These ink drawings give me a feeling of nostalgia.

I was 1st year in university (studying engineering) when I saw these ink drawings and fell in love with them and the notion of becoming a commercial artist myself. (I can describe the feeling as somewhat like Dorothy seeing Oz for the first time - we didn't have this in Kansas)

That lasted about a year.

Then I saw the exhibited works of students in the Fine Arts department - they just blew me away. I am so below their league I knew I would never have found a good job as an artist.

I especially love the effect of loose cross-hatching technique with the technical pen combined with the black washes.

- Vince

Harry Borgman said...

Hi Vince,
Very much appreciate your comments. I'm pleased that you recall these drawings. I am running out of material to post and am picking up art from my books. Even if you felt that you wouldn't find a job as an artist, it's still a pleasure to draw and paint as a hobby. Being an artist is a ongoing growing and learning experience. Seeing great art can be a humbling experience, even for well established artists.

Anonymous said...

Hi Harry,

I just discovered you today in the library. My dad, Bill Ayton (1922 - 1995), was an art director, and my uncle Robert Ayton (1915 - 1985) was an illustrator. Dad said don't go down that path, so I didn't for 40 years. And then I picked up a pen . . . but both are long gone and left little behind to help me other than fragments and memories. But you have filled in many gaps. One gap is the type of color marker you used in the 1960s. I remember Pentels, but what were those squat little markers of the time that looked like little jars with a thick felt nib and metal cap?

Harry Borgman said...

Hi Long Runner,
Thanks for your comments. Those squat little markers were called Magic Markers, nothing magic about them though, the later versions from other companies had a larger color range and worked better. I always used Chartpak AD Markers, they were great to work with. Now everything seems to be done on the computer, which I also find to be a great medium to experiment with.