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02-07-2002, 01:25 PM

This is a pen and ink taken from a photo circa 1930...28x18
do you think I should add colour?


02-07-2002, 04:34 PM
Well, parts of San Francisco could have been the scene of this photo, and not just in 1930, but in the present. But, if you add color I would go with a sepia to keep in stride with the subject and period of the photo. It is a very good pen and ink as is, yet, it does seem to lack value, and that I think would make it a great pen and ink :D

02-07-2002, 05:27 PM
Thanks sassybird for your advice and comments. I am concerned that adding watercolour would make the ink run, I am wondering what dry medium I could use apart from soft pastel.



02-07-2002, 07:51 PM
Flattwo, try colored pencil. You can blend and burnish with no problem over ink. I have done quite a bit of that.

02-07-2002, 08:01 PM
An excellent drawing. I would prefer a touch of colour, but it stands well on its own :)

02-08-2002, 11:27 AM
This is a fantastic drawing Flattwo.

On my screen the paper looks grey. If it is really white I think it would stand on its own. But the black lacks punch on my screen and some colour would help. The sepia sounds like a good idea.

02-10-2002, 03:06 PM
I really like your ink drawing Flattwo and I agree with Sass, it does lack a bit of value. Color would be nice and I would suggest working on a copy of this instead of the original so it can stay in tact if the color thing doesn't work. You might even try to color this in a computer graphics program just to see what color combinations would work. Another possibility would be to just work some values in with graphite or charcoal. Be sure to post an updated version. GREAT JOB!!

02-12-2002, 11:44 AM
I like this as well. I think that doing a coloured version on a second copy would be a great choice. That way you can have the best of both worlds.

02-12-2002, 12:01 PM

How detailed is that! I love pen and ink but I can never get the detail you have. I love busy streets and movement and all that stuff. Very nice drawing.

02-12-2002, 06:03 PM
What a fantastic drawing! Done with a rotring pen I assume?


02-12-2002, 06:06 PM
Thanks all


Yes a Rotring pen


02-12-2002, 06:14 PM
You must wear those nibs out in no time? Do you work on hot pressed paper?


02-12-2002, 06:35 PM
Hi Yorky

the nibs I have on my pens are Tungston..is that correct? and hot pressed paper. Ive had the pens since 1987 and have been used a lot


02-14-2002, 04:37 PM
Great work Flattwo, glad to see you are posting here also...

My opinion: no colors, I think it is very good by now...

02-14-2002, 09:59 PM
I like the sepia color idea. It would be a nice way to put in the values. Very strong drawing, love the detail.


02-24-2002, 06:08 PM
:clap: :clap: This is great!

LOVE the detail and the perspective.

I would go with the sepia too - and do work on a copy.

How long did this take?

And (stupid question) what is a rotring pen???

Please share the final picture when it's done.