Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Mid week

There's hardly a leaf to be seen, and we're forecast another windy day, with frost on Friday.
This was drawn on prepared paper with a flat-nibbed dip pen (sort of medium calligraphy width). In fact I'm loving the effect dip pens have on simple lines. They're not as random to use a a stick dipped in ink, or as uniform as fine-liners. Brush pens create a sweeping line with smooth edges. Whereas dip pens require respect whilst using them, as they seem all easy-going one moment, then BAM, you get a funky squiggle, and they can lay down a lot of ink in one go so that, when you draw over a line, you get some pooling where they cross. I've been using the nibs from cartridge pens as dip pens so, as the drawing session progresses, the reservoir fills up so you don't have to 'dip' so often. Magical.

8 comments:

Chris Bolmeier said...

Your mark making is very nice Yellow. I appreciate your explanation of your linocut and print process. There is something so natural about your art, it's lovely.
Chris

Casey Klahn said...

I like your new banner, too, Steph.

Yellow said...

Thanks Chris, I'm more comfortable with a pen than a brush in my hand. The dip pen allows me that confidence, while moving outside of my comfort zone.
Casey, I'm wanting to liven up my site, so I'll be changing the banner from time to time. Glad you noticed.

ilex said...

That is very cool. Looks like winter- there's ice on the pond and the ducks are gone.

Robyn said...

As well as being beautiful marks, I love the depth of the prepared background. Lovely.

Patricia said...

Lovely lines. Lots of great energy!

Chris Bolmeier said...

Hi Yellow,

Thinking of you, Happy New Year!!!
Chris

Stonehead said...

You've had no updates for a while, so I hope all is well with you.

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