Saturday, October 31, 2009


Above is some ink work in Nichole's sketchbook. Below are some busy drawing students.
The new Allen Hall Art & Communication Building is no longer a hole in the ground - the construction crew is moving quickly! Below is an ink drawing colored with waterpaints by Professor Darryl.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Project No. 5 "non-traditional" ink & ink like - part one

Remeber to click on images to enlarge them - there are many techniques used in the above artwork - some areas were masked off with, masking tape to protect them while ink was sprayed, washed and rubbed into other areas. "Ah-sticks" were used below to make the stratchy wall surfaces.
Above, the wild patterns and swirls made by applying ink on wet paper is partially brought under control with a graceful network of lines. Below is a more tradition drawing done on a rubbed, gray wash. Above, much brushwork was used to add the different values of ink. Below, the dark values were added to wet paper. Some talble salt seems to have been used near the bottom to make the dappled effect. Above is the study for the artwork below which incorporates painting values done with diluted ink. Above and below are lots of drips done on wet paper to begin making the forms which were then worked on by drawing tools.

Project No. 5 "non-traditional" ink & ink like -part two

Above - controlled painting application of ink watered down to different values. Below - another way to apply ink with a brush.
Above (with detail below) ink dripping on wet paper with details added after drying with a drawing tool. Wet on wet effects controlled to make clouds above with some drawing.
These effects were made by using some kind of crumpled paper to apply the ink. Below, a student artist hurries to finish her project. The wet on wet technique formed the background with much use of a brush to add different values of ink. Details are being added by "traditional" ink pen with nib.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Odds & Ends

Below are two more "traditional" pen & ink projects.
Remember to click on images to enlarge them and to see the artists' names. Here is an experiment that Steffanie discovered somewhere on the internet. First, a layer of shaving cream was placed in a tin. Next, ink was sprinkled on the shaving cream. Then, a toothpick or similar tool was used to push the ink around. Lastly, a clean paper was pushed into the ink and shaving cream making the "mono print" seen below. Next follow a few pages from sketchbooks which we review every Monday at the beginning of class. Dale Witherow, a professor in the art department many, many years ago, told his drawing students that they would need at least 100 sketches in their sketchbooks at the end of the sememster in order to have a chance at an A! Our sketchbooks are filling up and we are now at the halfway point of the semester.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

A few loose ends

Above a finished traditional pen & ink drawing. Below another chicken for the ABC challenge on James Gurney's blog!
Above is another finished pen & ink drawing.
Two ink experiments - getting a feel for the next assignment.
And a funny response to trying wet-on-wet techniques with ink -

James Gurney

James Gurney gifted us with a poster and information about his new book Imaginative Realism. I am sure the book is full of his special wisdom about painting along with his approach to painting "real" images of things which do not exist.
If you are familar with his dinotopia drawings, you will appreciate the stamps above which Mr. Gurney put on the packet that he sent us. Thanks!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Assignments for Oct. 28, Nov. 4 and Nov. 11

These three project sheets are set at 150 dpi. Click on them and you will see them "double-sized." They will print on a standard 8.5" by 11" paper.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Pen & Ink - handled mostly in a traditional manner

We worked with traditional methods of applying india ink. We developed gray tones by stippling (dots), hatching (parallel lines) and cross-hatching (crossing lines).
The following two drawings are incomplete and will be reposted when I get final versions soon. The flu has been hitting many students here at Mansfield University.