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ccoppola82
05-20-2012, 02:12 AM
the "how-to" section said to use a unique title. Its been a very long time since I did any drawing for fun, but I picked up a Namiki Falcon fountain pen a week or so ago and have been really enjoying sketching. Anyway, I use two sketchbooks currently.

Stillman and Birn Gamma series 7x10
Raffine 11x14

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-May-2012/75368-IMG_1209.JPG
This one a sketch for work with the Raffine

ccoppola82
05-20-2012, 02:18 AM
Started the Stillman and Birn book with a bunch of little 10 minute sketches with some simple wash and the namiki...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-May-2012/75368-IMG_1212.jpg

ccoppola82
05-20-2012, 02:21 AM
10 minute character sketch in the S&B
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-May-2012/75368-IMG_1214.jpg

ccoppola82
05-20-2012, 02:25 AM
Another 10 minute study from a Frazetta painting....btw I did these viking guys as a sort of joke to a friend. He saw some sketches and said "needs more vikings," so I obliged...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-May-2012/75368-IMG_1216.jpg

ccoppola82
05-20-2012, 02:27 AM
quick one at work on the Raffine. The whiter paper is all the Raffine. I tend to like the warmth of the S&B Gamma series. Plus it "feels" different and doesn't seem to dig the pen in as much as the raffine
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-May-2012/75368-IMG_1218.jpg

ccoppola82
05-20-2012, 02:27 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-May-2012/75368-IMG_1219.JPG

ccoppola82
05-20-2012, 02:29 AM
This was a design for work. If you haven't guessed, I do tattoos for a living. I took a little longer to refine this one. I fixed some of the obvious issues with it for the final copy that I ended up using
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-May-2012/75368-IMG_1221.JPG

ccoppola82
05-20-2012, 02:30 AM
S&B Ok done with vikings for a while I think...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-May-2012/75368-IMG_1223.JPG

ccoppola82
05-20-2012, 02:30 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-May-2012/75368-IMG_1228.JPG

ccoppola82
05-20-2012, 02:31 AM
Back into the Raffine for a work sketch again. 10 minute oak tree design....

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-May-2012/75368-IMG_1243.JPG

doug105
05-20-2012, 04:08 AM
Really Nice Work! It must be the pen!<JK>

You Should cross post those over at Pen&Ink!

Thanks for Sharing!

DougN

What Color Inks were you using on these?

bookscorpion
05-20-2012, 05:44 AM
These are all amazing. I love the pocket watch and the skeleton in particular.
Your friend is right, everything's better with vikings (and ninjas and pirates of course).

Studio-1-F
05-20-2012, 09:35 AM
Wonderful work! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

You are an experienced and skilled penman -- so, tell us why and how the Falcon is doing the job for you. How is the Falcon different from your regular tools? Why is it better / worse / different?

The curious wanna know.:heart:

Jan

ccoppola82
05-20-2012, 11:32 AM
The warmer ink is pelikan brown; but I find it a bit too light so I combined it with a little bit of the black to get a bit deeper brown. The gamma paper is ivory, so it makes the ink look different.

Jan- I actually get super bored drawing with my old tools (pencil mostly) but for some reason I have more fun with the pen. Combined with a waterbrush I can get the sketch done in 10 minutes with that combo. Also, this setup makes portability simple. I can carry 2 pens, a waterbrush, and a smallish sketchbook very easily. There is another pen called a noodlers ahab reflex which is a much cheaper alternative, the tip is not as smooth as the falcon because the falcon has a 14k gold tip. The price difference is significant though. Ahab is 20$, falcon is 160$. I picked up my pens and ink from www.gouletpens.com. They have a monthly ink drop club I will be joining also where he sends 5 samples per month for 10$.

DrDebby
05-20-2012, 07:10 PM
Welcome ccoppola82. Very cool that you are a tattoo artist. The name of your sketchbook thread is great. Love these sketches, especially vikings. Vikings always make things better. :lol:

RainySea
05-20-2012, 08:59 PM
welcome. These are great pen and wash. Love your ink colors . . . the watch especially great.

ccoppola82
05-20-2012, 10:04 PM
Thanks for all the compliments. Im on a mission to sketch a lot


Here are some from the Raffine.
First has some brushwork along with the pen as well as some watercolor wash
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-May-2012/75368-Wash_Skull.jpg

Here are a couple 10 minute frazetta studies. I hadn't gotten the water soluble ink in yet so I used prismacolor markers (which I hate by the way)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-May-2012/75368-IMG_1188.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-May-2012/75368-IMG_1187.JPG

Studio-1-F
05-21-2012, 08:38 AM
Jan- I actually get super bored drawing with my old tools (pencil mostly) but for some reason I have more fun with the pen. Combined with a waterbrush I can get the sketch done in 10 minutes with that combo. Also, this setup makes portability simple. I can carry 2 pens, a waterbrush, and a smallish sketchbook very easily. There is another pen called a noodlers ahab reflex which is a much cheaper alternative, the tip is not as smooth as the falcon because the falcon has a 14k gold tip. The price difference is significant though. Ahab is 20$, falcon is 160$. I picked up my pens and ink from www.gouletpens.com. They have a monthly ink drop club I will be joining also where he sends 5 samples per month for 10$.
Thanks, Chris, for the additional info!

I have a few of the Noodler's Ahab pens and I have found them to be nearly worthless. Yeah, they are cheap as heck but you get exactly what you pay for: junk.

But you're right ====> The Namiki Falcon is a dream!

Jan

DrDebby
05-21-2012, 07:48 PM
More cool sketches.

urbanspinner
05-22-2012, 12:50 PM
I had a Falcon, but it got lost along the way last year, and I was sad. I'd never lost a fountain pen before, and I have been carrying them since I was in junior high. I do have, however, a few vintage safety pens with super-flexy nibs that work nicely for drawing. Funny thing is -- if I want that much line variation when I draw, I now reach for my brush pens instead. My Moores are sadly gathering a bit of dust these days.

CCoppola, I love your work. Pelikan Brown is also one of my favorite inks, but like you, I had wished it was a touch darker when using it for washes. Thanks for the tip!

Joan T
05-22-2012, 02:54 PM
Chris - Nice collection of sketches. I like the washy look you got!

eyepaint
05-23-2012, 12:54 PM
These are really cool. I, too (three? four?) like the washy look :)

rain24
05-25-2012, 03:10 PM
I love seeing the fantasy art in this forum too! Great sketches. It's always nice to do little studies from people you admire. Great learning tool. The pen and wash skull is one of my favorites from this set so far.

poochemio
05-28-2012, 02:38 AM
Great sketches. So you ink at work and at play. Now that is too cool! Love the Vikings!

ccoppola82
05-28-2012, 12:01 PM
Thanks....ya lots of inking going on. I can't escape it I suppose

JTMB
06-01-2012, 03:20 PM
Great to see your sketches in the forum here, and hope to see more! I have two Namiki Falcons and they have become my preferred pens both for writing and sketching.

ccoppola82
06-02-2012, 03:18 AM
Haven't had a ton of time for leisure sketching lately, but I got super bored tonight. I wanted to paint really, but I didn't have the energy. I made this little creature thing instead. I have no idea what it is supposed to be, I just started sketching and thats what happened....

this one is in the S&B
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jun-2012/75368-IMG_1294.JPG

Joan T
06-02-2012, 11:32 AM
I don't want to meet this creature in a dark alley. lol Nice shading and tones!

DrDebby
06-03-2012, 07:16 PM
Eeeuuww. Very cool sketch, but not something I want to see in real life.

ccoppola82
11-26-2012, 01:32 AM
Boy am I slacking in the art journal entries. Here are some things I have worked on since my last update a long time ago! Some are more finished than others...ALL use my namiki in some form or another...some are sketches for clients...so subject matter is ALL OVER the place...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Nov-2012/75368-IMG_1370.JPG

ccoppola82
11-26-2012, 01:38 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Nov-2012/75368-IMG_1374.JPGhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Nov-2012/75368-IMG_1386.JPGhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Nov-2012/75368-IMG_1387.JPGhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Nov-2012/75368-IMG_1403.JPGhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Nov-2012/75368-IMG_1422.JPGhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Nov-2012/75368-IMG_1556.JPGhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Nov-2012/75368-IMG_1569.JPGhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Nov-2012/75368-IMG_1754.JPGhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Nov-2012/75368-IMG_1756.JPGhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Nov-2012/75368-IMG_1760.jpghttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Nov-2012/75368-IMG_1768.JPGhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Nov-2012/75368-IMG_1770.JPGhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Nov-2012/75368-IMG_1855.JPGhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Nov-2012/75368-IMG_1861.JPGhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Nov-2012/75368-IMG_1870.JPG

JTMB
11-26-2012, 01:00 PM
Fantastic group of sketches! I've been away from the forum for a few months as well, but getting back to being active now that summer travel season is over. Great work here.

DrDebby
11-26-2012, 03:38 PM
Oh my goodness, you've been busy. These are marvelous sketches. I really like the griffon.

artsask
11-26-2012, 10:19 PM
Amazing detail on some different subjects, nice job

Marmsk
11-27-2012, 03:17 AM
You have a fantastic imagination and your knowledge of anatomy is superb. Wonderful drawings.

RainySea
11-27-2012, 10:51 AM
very nice, especially like your use of the pen and wash

Joan T
11-27-2012, 02:44 PM
Great collection of sketches!!!

JamieWG
12-03-2012, 08:48 AM
Joseph, I've really enjoyed looking through your sketches here. I especially like the pocket watch, tree, and some of the figures. Your sketches are a good reminder of how much we can do with just a pen, waterbrush, and sketchbook. I hope you'll keep posting them. Very inspirational! You've got a lovely quality of line, movement, and form.

Have you tried your fountain pens on the Stillman & Birn Epsilon paper yet? OMG, that is such a dream for fountain pens! Like Jan, I have not had good luck with the Ahabs. I think there is a Namiki in my future at some point!

Many thanks for sharing your beautiful work.

Jamie

ccoppola82
01-02-2013, 03:46 AM
well...I regret to inform everyone that my namiki falcon has flown away....so I have not done much fountain pen sketching. HOWEVER....I DID splurge and purchase a vintage PELIKAN!!! So now I suppose we can refer to this thread as "flight of the Pelikan" thought it does not quite sound as cool... Anywho...here is a sketch dump from the last week or so....I have some FINISHED illustrative stuff as well but Im not sure if this is the place to post it....if a MOD ok's it I will.....

ccoppola82
01-02-2013, 03:54 AM
I had to do some pencil and charcoal drawings to stay busy while my Pelikan was in the mail...so I will post in order as best I can remember...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jan-2013/75368-IMG_1914.JPG
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jan-2013/75368-IMG_1909.JPG
This is called a "Hannya Mask" it is NOT a devil. It is used in Japanese theatre. I was lucky enough to pic up an antique one from the 20's at a flea market in Tokyo when I spent some time there a few years back...

Now onto the pen sketches. I liked my Namiki but there is NO comparison to how incredible this pelikan feels on the paper...its really magnificent....if anyone is interested in seeing the FLEX capabilities to vary line weight I will gladly post them.

These are just some quick sketches
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jan-2013/75368-IMG_1994.JPG
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jan-2013/75368-IMG_2006.JPGhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jan-2013/75368-IMG_2008.jpghttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jan-2013/75368-IMG_2011.JPGhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jan-2013/75368-IMG_2014.JPGi suck at drawing full figures!! I know what I need to work on this winter...

ccoppola82
01-02-2013, 04:09 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jan-2013/75368-IMG_2017.jpg
The next one is done with a brush pen...I can't remember the brand...but it has a kolinsky sable tip that comes CLOSE to a raphael #2 but doesnt have the bounce. regardless...it performs well while on the move and can't use a dip brush
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jan-2013/75368-IMG_2026.JPG

Ok..Im just gonna post these up...its been a LONG time since I have finished any larger illustrative work. So here is what happened...I was sketching the above image with the sketch pen and my pandora radio put on "ROOSTER" by Alice in Chains and almost immediately I had a semi "vision" of an illustration I wanted to do of a Rooster in battle. If you have heard the song you might understand. I dug through my basement and found some old dip nibs and an old bristol board pack I never used...here is what I came up with.. The photos arent very crisp but you get the idea. I have been knocking out these full size illustrations for 3 days straight now...

Here we go...all 11x17 Ink on Bristol (I use about 95% Brush when I do these...the VERY fine stuff I used whatever old crappy nib I had laying around in an old tin from high school)
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jan-2013/75368-IMG_2028.JPGI liked doing the rooster so much I decided to start some illustrations for Tshirt designs for my Tattoo Studio. I did a very quick 2x3 study for a Tibetan skull with light pencil..then Fountain pen over top to see how the black would lay in...thats the first thing for this one...then I did the full one right after...Im gonna post both just for the sake of the process.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jan-2013/75368-IMG_2039.JPGnow the final piece full size 11x17
Sorry for the blurry pic! If I can get a better one I will replace it tomorrow
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jan-2013/75368-IMG_2042.JPG

Then finally...tonight I did this Dragon Tshirt design for my studio...no thumbnail as I knew what I wanted to do. Light penciled then right to ink..

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jan-2013/75368-IMG_2047.JPG

jacquip
01-02-2013, 05:19 AM
These are so stunning, so much detail. Love them all. Your figure drawings look pretty darn good to me, wish I could do so well. That rooster is stunning.

DrDebby
01-02-2013, 04:23 PM
Wow! Brilliant work. Sorry your falcon flew away.

dragonsDaughter
01-04-2013, 10:06 AM
Hi Chris, wonderful sketches! Awesome dragon design!! Thanks so much for sharing.

I too, am sorry your falcon flew away. But happy you have found a new Pelikan love. May I assume it is one of the 120 or 140 models? I would be very interested in details about your nib selection and seeing the line weight flexing capabilities. Maybe even a photo of your new pen itself? Please post more!

JTMB
01-04-2013, 10:33 AM
Wonderful work! What a great variety of sketches - really nice to see. Keep them coming!

jstarn
01-05-2013, 10:09 PM
These sketches are spectacular...really, really beautiful. I aspire to this level of wizardry with ink wash! The best part is how evocative they are.....

Also, the comments about the Ahab made me laugh. It is unquestionably my grail pen, and I adore mine beyond all measure. In my mind it is perfect..so it's funny to hear others dismiss it in favour of (namiki) Falcons or Pelicans! Although I am interested in a Pelican something...may I also join in in asking for a picture of yours? Is there any level of line variation with it?

Also, may I ask how you arrived at such a level of technical skill over such a range of subjects? It's always boggled my mind that tattoo artists can whip out something gorgeous, in a variety of sizes, on any subject whatsoever, with the same level of skill and finesse. I always hear many other artists struggle with realism vs stylized, or figures vs. landscape, but you seem to...not have that sort of limitation.

vhere
01-06-2013, 05:05 AM
great use of ink in fluid images

ccoppola82
01-07-2013, 04:12 AM
Thank you all for the compliments. I'll try to answer a few questions...

First...about the pen. I draw enough to know EXACTLY how I want my tools to perform, so I may sound a bit "picky" about it. I think it is also important to realize that if one is to be drawing casually simply for fun...the necessity of higher end equipment is a matter of diminishing return. I CAN draw equally well with an ahab or a Namiki Falcon...but they do not FEEL right in my hand and how they perform. For example, the Ahab TO ME is incredibly scratchy and didn't hold up to vigorous sketching. The Falcon I enjoyed and thought it was really nice, but I found it also to be a little scratchy, did NOT give me the line variation I expected, and also DID NOT write wet enough for what I wanted to do with washes. It is however a very nice pen.

That being said, the Pelikan I purchased was a 1959 400nn green striated with an EF nib. I purchased it from Rick Propas of http://www.thepenguinpen.com He was WONDERFUL to deal with. I told him my requirements, and he dug through is inventory to find the pen that did what I want. It also came with a handwritten thank you letter which was a nice touch. I will be buying another pen or so from him. It was pricey at 235$, BUT keep in mind I use it for my livelihood.

The pen has excellent flex, and the 14k gold nib literally glides across the paper. I have pretty good pressure sensitivity and can pull very thin lines..while also being able to simultaneously vary it to a nice juicy line. It write fairly wet, though not as wet at my vintage waterman (which is also a fantastic pen to draw with)

Here is the pen I have below (not mine but same one)
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Jan-2013/75368-grn400NN.1.jpg

ccoppola82
01-07-2013, 04:28 AM
Regarding drawing a variety of subjects and mediums...I don't know how exactly to respond, but I will try...

I have been tattooing since I was 18 (13 years now) and when I decided to do it full time I made a decision that IF I was going to make a career of it, that I would work to be the best I possibly can or else go hungry. Financial stability is a strong motivator. I do about 2-3 pieces per day...so my brain is constantly in a creative state, though forced. Because its a forced creativity, I tend to hit plateaus because things get stale. I would say about 3 years ago I got very serious about improving my ART skills and focused on things that were NOT tattoo related. This was the only way to stimulate new fresh ideas. I learned color, line, value, structure, and working mostly on composition now.
I have a loose "rotation" of medium I work in to keep things fresh...typically oils (which oddly I do landscapes or completely surreal stuff) lately its been just straight ink. I also dabble in watercolor and whatever else I have, BUT I find it incredibly important to keep drawing as the backbone of whatever I do, especially quick sketches. To me I would rather knock out 20 sketches than 1 finished piece BECAUSE when I need to draw at work, my brain is constantly breaking forms down and thinking.

As far as how exactly to "master" the ink and wash...I wouldnt say I have it mastered quite yet, but I can get reasonable results. I start with a THIN almost gesture drawing...then work into minor details...go into it with a waterbrush...then work back into the dark values and develop the form further. These are usually done VERY quick...most of them are 10-15 min...the larger ones might be 30 min tops.

There may be better ways to do all this, but I am entirely self taught...and this is the path I took to get where I am.

Another thing that might have helped me push and push is that I actually suffer from an anxiety disorder. I am CONSTANTLY in a heightened state (a therapist told me that im constantly at a state that normal people are if say..they were pulled over by the police) I used art as a means to focus on something and keep me calm. If I can't focus on something I start getting panicky (like at a bar I have to play darts etc) So I guess I literally HAVE to draw

I could post a quick photo tutorial of how I do those pen and wash quick sketches if people would find it helpful...

ccoppola82
01-07-2013, 04:39 AM
here are two from today...both 11x14 ink on bristol. Mostly brushed...tiny bits of nib as well

first is a female tshirt design for my shop which says "the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams"

second is a superman i decided to draw for a friend. I havent drawn a comic hero since grade school...so it was kinda fun. It needed something, so I used some gold marker to bring it out a bit. There is a bit of glare here...so I apologize for that

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Jan-2013/75368-IMG_2063.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Jan-2013/75368-IMG_2066.JPG

ccoppola82
01-07-2013, 04:46 AM
some line width variations.
The vintage is the Pelikan 400nn

The modern is a TWSBI 540 (i actually use this pen loaded with black for thumbnails)

the paper was junk, so it feathered a bit

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Jan-2013/75368-IMG_1975.JPG

DrDebby
01-07-2013, 02:11 PM
Thank you so much for sharing all the information about your process and the pens you use. The bird with the ribbon is so delicate. Looks like you could have been a comic book artist if you didn't follow the tattoo career path. I mean that as a complement on your Superman drawing.

ccoppola82
01-09-2013, 12:13 PM
I really struggle with drawing females. I decided this year I am going to tackle all of my drawing issues head on and stop avoiding them....

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jan-2013/75368-IMG_2076.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Jan-2013/75368-IMG_2073.jpg

RainySea
01-09-2013, 01:21 PM
wow, cool the difference in the lines.

I think your females are nicely done.

dragonsDaughter
01-09-2013, 02:06 PM
Nice ladies. I especially like the one lower right; she looks very natural. I also really enjoy seeing the mood and power contrasts between your bird and Superman drawings. Really fine work.

DrDebbie wrote:
Thank you so much for sharing all the information about your process and the pens you use... I want to say thank you as well. Very informative. I feel really dumb for assuming I knew what pen you used, but I waited too late to edit that out. :o Your 400nn looks and sounds fabulous. I myself have a couple old Koh-i-noor 3050 Artpens with some good line variation. They are really comfortable and fun to use, but I don't think they "glide" quite like you describe, and I am nowhere near as skilled as you are, for sure. Looking at your work inspires me to work harder.

If you would care to post pics demonstrating your pen and wash sketching techniques, I for one would be pleased to see that. Thanks!

DrDebby
01-09-2013, 02:32 PM
Nice group of female sketches.

JTMB
01-09-2013, 05:40 PM
Thanks so much for sharing your work process - it's always very interesting and helpful to hear how other artists approach their work. The most recent group of sketches are really good, as all your things are. Self-taught or not, you do great work. My favorite of these is the bird, since I am very involved with birding and related subjects. Hope to continue to see more of your work here!

ccoppola82
01-12-2013, 02:34 AM
Ok...I took a few minutes tonight to do a "tutorial" for the fountain pen quick sketches. I apologize for the inconsistency in color of the photos. I have terrible lighting and used my phone. When I am tired and don't feel like coming up with something on my own, I like to reference artists like Frazetta because their images provide great atmosphere that work well with this technique. Better to reference artwork than not sketch at all! I'll try to put some commentary as to what I think or do at each phase...it's fairly simple though.

Materials:

1959 Pelikan 400nn EF tip (from www.thepenguinpen.com (http://www.thepenguinpen.com))
Small Moleskin Watercolor sketchbook (sometimes use Stilman Birn)
Waterbrush (any brush and water will work, the waterbrush is portable. I think mine is a kuretake from Jetpens)
Pelikan Brown ink (I will be getting a darker walnut ink soon because I am not liking the orange so much)

A little about WHY I do these. I do them to draw FAST and still provide a lot of movement, atmosphere, and fluidity in a drawing. I love that I can drop in basic values quickly and loosely with the brush, but still have ability to get as detailed as I like with the pen. These are ALL small drawings no larger than 8x10. If anyone has ever oil painted...it is basically the equivalent of a block in stage of a painting.

Step 1

This is where I drop in a basic "line" of movement from where I try to base the rest of the figure or image off of. I put in some basic shapes to describe the body positions and main shadow shapes. We don't want a lot of ink put down as these are just reference lines. I do this by holding the pen at the back end like I would do an oil painting brush. This stage is done in probably under a minute.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Jan-2013/75368-IMG_2097.JPG
Step 2

I very loosely use the water brush to blend out the shadow masses and destroy detail as much as possible. I will note to KEEP YOUR BRUSH FAIRLY DRY. If you use a lot of water, your ink will bleed funny and get a blotchy strange "bluish" color sort of like an oil spill. Very annoying. Maybe the new ink won't react that way. I like to add a bit of value in a background as well...
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Jan-2013/75368-IMG_2098.JPG

Step 3

This stage is back to the pen, and I reinforce the dark shadow areas and put minor details into wherever I feel I want a focal point....usually the face or whatever area is coming forward into the foreground. As stated, this technique is great for atmosphere or atmospheric perspective. BE CAREFUL during this stage as some of the paper may be damp and if you push it will tear or get in your nib, especially if it is a stiff nib. I also sometimes work the pen RIGHT into the wet paper on purpose. Notice how much darker the ink looks after the wash was applied.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Jan-2013/75368-IMG_2099.JPG Step 4
Back to the water brush again. I just use it to blend out the blacks again and soften the edges where needed. At this stage you may find that your water brush pics up a bit too much of the ink and darkens light areas too much. I just wipe it on my hand and get right back to work.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Jan-2013/75368-IMG_2100.JPG
Step 5
back to the pen. Here I just defined the shadows in the other arm and shoulder (I should have done this earlier but I am impatient). I went back and forth rather quickly between brush and pen here...and also added some hatching over top of the wash for some details and also to work around forms in the arm or front leg. I felt that throwing some diagonal lines in the background enhanced the effect of movement as well...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Jan-2013/75368-IMG_2095.JPG

Some closing tips

Keep in mind these are NOT finished drawings. They have potential to get a ton of action and interest WITHOUT any details. I try to capture the "feeling" of a moment rather than every little detail.

In my opinion spending more than 15-30 minutes is counterproductive. It isn't a technique for an extended, finished drawing. If I was to do finished work I would switch to watercolor and real brushes etc.

keep LIGHT pressure during the entire process unless at the very end you have a flexible nib and want to add a weighted line

DO NOT use too much water or squeeze your water brush while you are on the page. You will get blotches and other unpleasant things such as warped paper.

Use a paper that will handle wash. Moleskin watercolor works great.

I often squint at what I am doing do decide what values belong where, as well as where the harder edges belong. Keep in mind that depending on your ink and paper, you will be working withing a limited value range which in my opinion adds some moodiness to a piece.

OK HAVE FUN! Hope this helps the curious

dragonsDaughter
01-12-2013, 11:51 AM
Great tutorial and some very helpful tips! Thanks for taking the time to do that, Chris.

vhere
01-12-2013, 12:03 PM
I'm very envious of the old pens with the proper flexible nibs! I simply don't use pen enough to justify the expense.

DrDebby
01-12-2013, 02:29 PM
Thank you for that tutorial. Great information.

jstarn
01-24-2013, 09:38 PM
Gosh darn it your work is fabulous! I'm probably fan-girling because that level of quick capture of movement and atmosphere is exactly what I am aiming for. But wow. You have honed your skills to a wonderful extent.

Thank you so much for the picture of your pen and the excellent tutorial. I'm very tempted to print off the tutorial itself and keep it as a reference. May I do that? Just for my own usage?

ccoppola82
01-24-2013, 10:28 PM
Jasmine, thank you for the kind words. Feel free to use the tutorial however you would like as long as it helps you out.

ccoppola82
01-24-2013, 10:30 PM
I had a no show at work today so I decided to draw some cherry blossoms in 2 mediums. First is a new ink sample I got from gouletpens.com used on moleskin. Second is carbon on strathmore 400 sketchbook.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Jan-2013/75368-IMG_2161.JPG

ccoppola82
01-25-2013, 04:27 AM
This is a continuation from the earlier sketches I did. I have never attempted a floral type painting alla prima. I know its not a "sketch" but I figured it may be interesting to see the sketches next to the painting. Its not finished yet, but its 8x10 oil on panel
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Jan-2013/75368-IMG_2168.JPG

vhere
01-25-2013, 04:32 AM
Lovely

DrDebby
01-25-2013, 03:23 PM
Gorgeous flowers.

JTMB
01-25-2013, 06:01 PM
Great painterly style on the 8x10 flowers, and really nice pen/ink in the Moleskine.

ccoppola82
02-23-2013, 03:49 AM
I have been really busy at work lately, so drawing has been tough. However here are a few more recent pieces...all sketchy stuff, some for tattoos. I apologize for the watermarks on some, I use the same images on instagram and people have a bad habit of stealing work.

first is an owl - charcoal and white chalk on toned paper
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Feb-2013/75368-IMG_2245.JPG
second is a quick skull sketch in monochrome, oil on linen 8x10

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Feb-2013/75368-IMG_2240.JPG
third is a hannya demon design that I actually tattooed today. Came out nice for what it is. Its a japanese jealous woman demon

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Feb-2013/75368-IMG_2288.JPG

the next couple are just little compositional studies, the first skulls are just made for upper arm tattoos, the second is a cruciform composition focused mainly on shapes...the subject wasn't even a consideration. I realized I am weak on composition so Ive decided to do a couple quick compositional thumbnails every day for a year

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Feb-2013/75368-IMG_2298.JPGhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Feb-2013/75368-IMG_2303.JPG

MartinaL
02-23-2013, 05:03 AM
Fantastic work! Well done!

bookscorpion
02-23-2013, 11:38 AM
The owl is gorgeous. I'm fascinated by the last sketch, it looks like it could be the illustration for a very creepy horror story.

Joan T
02-23-2013, 01:16 PM
Great sketches. I love the two of the same flower....love the turquoise ink.

DrDebby
02-23-2013, 04:39 PM
The owl is gorgeous. No problem using a watermark. There are a lot of art thieves out there.

RCharleston
02-23-2013, 04:49 PM
These are fantastic!

My favorites are the "Chill Pills" in post #31 and the small bird in post #50.

vhere
02-24-2013, 04:30 AM
I agree especially the owl and skull

RainySea
02-24-2013, 02:16 PM
The florals are lovely, cool to see the progression of sketchs to painting. The owl is beautiful. . . love that one.

ccoppola82
03-09-2013, 12:14 AM
Digital sketches on the ipad are my latest things I'm trying to post. I'll get them on later on the laptop.....

ccoppola82
03-09-2013, 12:15 AM
Well that post didn't work. Sorry about that. I'll edit it later!

ccoppola82
03-09-2013, 03:54 AM
I've resisted going digital forever, but I couldn't resist the option of having so many options available so conveniently, so I picked up the new Ipad and the app Procreate. So far I am finding that I draw A LOT more than usual on it. I doubt it will ever totally replace traditional media for me, but I am finding lots of uses for it, mainly doing prep work for traditional media. I can see it being very helpful in quickly developing color schemes for pieces etc. Anyway, here are my first few attempts from the past 5 days. I'll post them in order of completion.

First a traditional graphite and white ink on toned paper
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Mar-2013/75368-IMG_2341.JPG

Next are all experimental pieces on the ipad from the past few days.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Mar-2013/75368-IMG_2349.JPG
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Mar-2013/75368-IMG_0002.JPG
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Mar-2013/75368-IMG_2356.JPG
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Mar-2013/75368-IMG_2365.JPG

ccoppola82
03-09-2013, 03:56 AM
two more,

red one from last night, sketch from tonight

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Mar-2013/75368-IMG_0008.JPG
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Mar-2013/75368-IMG_2389.jpg

doug105
03-09-2013, 11:07 AM
Wow!

It seems you have wasted no time in creating
awesome work with the new "medium".

Thanks for sharing!

DougN

DrDebby
03-09-2013, 02:54 PM
Wonderful sketches. Looks like you took to the digital stuff right away.

ccoppola82
03-30-2013, 04:43 AM
I took a little hiatus from drawing for a couple weeks due to work being swamped and coming home exhausted. I started up a couple days ago and just worked on some small stuff....All pen, ink, and wash. Lately Ive been using toned paper for some stuff...but can't do washes with it. The washes are done on various Stilman & Birn notebooks

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Mar-2013/75368-IMG_2446.jpghttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Mar-2013/75368-IMG_2448.JPGhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Mar-2013/75368-IMG_2494.JPGhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Mar-2013/75368-IMG_2500.JPGhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Mar-2013/75368-IMG_2503.JPG

ccoppola82
03-30-2013, 04:44 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Mar-2013/75368-IMG_2450.JPG

GregLStender
03-30-2013, 01:10 PM
Hi, that is excellent that you have started drawing/sketching with your new pen. Really like the combination (ratio) of line and wash in your designs very nice.

DrDebby
03-30-2013, 03:21 PM
Glad you found some time to sketch. Lovely pen & ink work.

Joan T
03-31-2013, 08:14 PM
Love the pen and ink work you do.

JTMB
04-05-2013, 03:34 PM
Enjoyed catching up on your sketchbook today - good stuff!

ccoppola82
04-06-2013, 04:30 AM
got a new pen in the other day...its one of my "holy grail" pens as they would say. I have never collected anything in my life, but I realized I have a collection now...oh well. Here are some recent sketches from the past couple days.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Apr-2013/75368-IMG_2501.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Apr-2013/75368-IMG_2529.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Apr-2013/75368-IMG_2528.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Apr-2013/75368-IMG_2535.JPG

DrDebby
04-06-2013, 03:40 PM
Your sketches are amazing.

ccoppola82
04-07-2013, 12:59 AM
thanks debby!

ccoppola82
04-09-2013, 12:26 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Apr-2013/75368-IMG_2547.JPG

DrDebby
04-09-2013, 02:54 PM
Rich color in the washes on this one. What ink are you using?

ccoppola82
04-09-2013, 07:35 PM
Debby...of all the inks I've tried (lots). My favorites are

Brown - diamine chocolate brown
Black - monteverde black (this is the ONLY black I have tried that washes completely)
Blue(ish) - diamine eau de Nile

These have all made very nice washes without any odd coloration where the initial line was out down.

If you want to sample inks gouletpens.com has an ink drop club you can join, or you can order sample inks as well. I just assume spend the other few bucks for a full bottle though.

ccoppola82
04-10-2013, 05:18 AM
I got a new pen customized by Richard Binder to an artist nib...its AWESOME. I started using it to do some bargue plates...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Apr-2013/75368-IMG_2568.JPGhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Apr-2013/75368-IMG_2569.JPG

DrDebby
04-10-2013, 03:37 PM
Ooh, thanks, I actually just got a bunch of samples from Goulet Pens. And, Chocolate Brown was one of them.

Great plates. How fun to get a customized artist nib pen!

Joan T
04-10-2013, 04:10 PM
Nice sketches!!

doug105
04-10-2013, 11:04 PM
Bargue plates?

Maybe I'm the only one who didn't know what that was.....

This link critiques the book "Cours de Dessin" by Charles Bargue

http://www.learning-to-see.co.uk/bargue-drawing-course

Interesting reading!

Thanks Chris!!

DougN

ccoppola82
04-11-2013, 01:53 AM
I bought the Bargue book to sort of "balance" my drawing styles. Much of my work is pure imagination, so by its nature, I use little reference. The problem I find is that working this way has a tendency to make things TOO LOOSE or gestural all the time, while sacrificing structure and finish. I would say its like the difference between an animator's sketch vs a classical realist. I just believe that if I work hard enough at both I will achieve a level of fluidity AND finish that is acceptable to me. Besides....what else would I do on a weeknight?

ccoppola82
04-11-2013, 05:29 AM
work in progress on another plate. These force me to slow down and I can see it being helpful in developing more accurate forms and rendering....I like it so far. Not for the faint of heart though, I think this is a long haul type method...

I don't think I have the right paper for this though, my blacks aren't as deep as I would like. I'll have to find a paper with a touch less tooth, or maybe try charcoal...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Apr-2013/75368-IMG_2573.JPG

DrDebby
04-11-2013, 03:35 PM
Still a well done plate. Paper makes a huge difference in results.

ccoppola82
04-13-2013, 05:13 AM
finished the bargue drawing. Not bad for my first, but needs improvement for the next. I did another quick study from the bargue book of dante in ink and wash.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Apr-2013/75368-IMG_2582.JPGhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Apr-2013/75368-IMG_2583.JPG

DrDebby
04-13-2013, 03:10 PM
Cool sketches. The ink and wash is very dramatic.

ccoppola82
06-13-2013, 01:54 AM
Well,
Im back...I took some time off from drawing to spend time with my dog. She wasn't doing well for a while and it was depressing me. Anyway, I got her surgery on a mammary tumor and she is doing well now...fingers crossed. Started doodling again the last few days. Some were for work, but I enjoyed them nonetheless

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jun-2013/75368-IMG_2638.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jun-2013/75368-IMG_2809.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Jun-2013/75368-IMG_2811.JPG

DrDebby
06-13-2013, 04:21 PM
Glad your dog is doing better. These are wonderful.

Joan T
06-13-2013, 09:31 PM
Great sketches!!!

gakinme
06-18-2013, 11:40 PM
You have beautiful art and sketches. Love the action figures especially.

ccoppola82
08-08-2013, 04:10 AM
Here is another sketch dump! I can't stick to one medium....new materials are a challenge and it helps me make new things. I plan on painting a lot more lately, so maybe a while before I post more sketches. A lot of these are for work....

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Aug-2013/75368-IMG_0034.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Aug-2013/75368-IMG_0035.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Aug-2013/75368-IMG_0078.jpg
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Aug-2013/75368-IMG_0105.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Aug-2013/75368-IMG_0114.jpg

ccoppola82
08-08-2013, 04:12 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Aug-2013/75368-IMG_2907.JPG
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Aug-2013/75368-IMG_0108.JPG
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Aug-2013/75368-IMG_2836.JPG
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Aug-2013/75368-IMG_0206.JPG

DrDebby
08-08-2013, 04:24 PM
Great sketches. Love the dragon.

doug105
08-10-2013, 01:17 PM
Another batch of great sketches!!

Thanks for sharing!

DougN

cat1lady
08-11-2013, 04:30 PM
Very nice. I totally understand not sticking to one medium.