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11-01-2012, 02:22 AM
I thought we might go on from the bamboo pen project and do some inkworks using a brush....ink wash painting/drawing.

You might like to try using just wash; or the washes first and some pen lines afterwards; or pen lines first with wash added later for tone.

You may be inspired by subjects such as still life, animals, people, or any other.

Please post your new artworks using ink washes in this thread.

I will post some examples of wash drawings from art history next.

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11-01-2012, 02:38 AM
Here are some links to wash technique:




11-01-2012, 02:40 AM
You may want to try an experimental approach too! Such as laying the paper flat on the floor and pouring a puddle of ink then using the brush to move the ink about on the paper to create an abstract drawing.

Happy inking!!

11-01-2012, 08:45 AM
Love that Daumier. Good shot for using my twig and a blob of ink.

11-05-2012, 07:06 AM
Something in ink from the WDE. I did this one yesterday. A4, cartridge paper. From a photo ref on WDE.


Xposted in allmediartevents, WDE


11-05-2012, 07:14 AM
this is excellent june, the different shades of wash and ink are beautifully done...tyree:wave:

11-17-2012, 12:31 PM
Really good June. I'm still struggling with my lights and shadows.

The first one I tried to copy a Rembrandt in pen and wash. The second one I just drew with the brush and it turned out better.



11-18-2012, 11:09 AM
I love them both Janet! The first one has lovely darks in the background which really make the figure pop out. The second one has beautiful expressive lines.

11-22-2012, 03:09 AM
Great shading and light values, June. And your two looks so innocent, Janet.

Here's mine.

Chinese brush and sumi ink.

This image was supposed to be some elegant Chinese painting but yesterday I was in bad shape and so what I did in a few minutes didn't translate it at all.


12-04-2012, 07:41 PM
I missed this thread. I love working with ink. Here is one I did at school, inspired by the poem Hollowman. A1 size


12-06-2012, 11:58 AM
Sandra, even if you weren't feeling at your best, the calligraphy lines in this still shine through.

Jacqui, that's lovely ink work. I like the look on the scarecrow's face. I don't know the peom 'hollowman'. Who wrote it?

12-07-2012, 12:42 AM
Jacqui, tell us the poem of hollowman. Your figure has such a character to himself I doubt he's really that hollow. And the mice/critters around him. Now I'm really all curious. Great colors too. Just brown ink?

12-14-2012, 06:35 PM
The Hollow Men is a TS Elliot poem, here is a link... http://allpoetry.com/poem/8453753-The_Hollow_Men-by-T_S__Eliot

It was read to us in class then we had to draw a part or image that came to mind.

The photo is very yellow, it is actually black ink. Thanks for the feedback.

12-15-2012, 03:22 AM
Thanks for the link, Jacqui....The Hollowmen is a beautifully written poem by TS Eliot. But contains so many depressing ideas. I like TS Eliot though. We read his work in high school...aeons ago. I forgot about this poem.

To be inspired by a poem, or lines in a poem, is definitely an excellent way to come up with imagery or abstraction for paintings.

I've never tried it so far. I've written poems but I am stumped as to how to illustrate them or be inspired from them to create a painting. Maybe because I've never really got to grips with doing it.

12-15-2012, 11:06 PM
Indeed a depressing poem. But thanks for the link, Jacqui.