URBAN SKETCHING: Finding The Finer Line

SUNDAY IN THE PARK. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. STILLMAN AND BIRN ALPHA SPIRAL JOURNAL, PENTEL HYBRID TECHNICA PEN AND DR MARTIN BOMBAY INK IN A WATERBRUSH

SUNDAY IN THE PARK. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. STILLMAN AND BIRN ALPHA SPIRAL JOURNAL, PENTEL HYBRID TECHNICA PEN AND DR MARTIN BOMBAY INK IN A WATERBRUSH.

The rollerball of the PENTEL HYBRID TECHNICA produces a really fine swift line and is great for crosshatching ….IF you give it a chance to set a bit. The ink feels like a gel, so it needs a moment to stabilize. If you are doing a lot of fine line drawing, slowing down is a good idea anyway, so the results do not end up looking mechanical. This sketch was done in a STILLMAN AND BIRN ALPHA SPIRAL JOURNAL, with a light wash of India ink on top to add depth.

The spiral is great when working with one knee on a bench! No efforts required to hold the pages open, just a good sturdy surface to stabilize the drawing when the cover is flipped over. As you can see I have been able to layer quite a bit of line to build the darks. This paper is very drawing friendly and is favorable in comparison to standard BRISTOL BOARD as a pen and ink surface. If you work too long on BRISTOL BOARD, it can get grotty and abraded. No such issue here… and I often worked right over the wet washes.

I am doing some demos at BINDERS in ATLANTA at the end of the month, using multi-media techniques in  STILLMAN AND BIRN MULTI MEDIA ART JOURNALS. DETAILS HERE!

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One Response to “URBAN SKETCHING: Finding The Finer Line”

  1. Yukari Iwasaki Says:

    Great details!

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