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11-08-2007, 01:27 PM
Hello! This is one of a series of about 12 drawings I'm doing for my girlfriend's mom's living room. She's gonna pay me a few bucks so I can take a tax writeoff for art supplies :P

This is my first real attempt at pen and ink other than a few sketches before. I like it better than pencil because there's no going back, and you have to be confident with what you're doing and prepared to accept mistakes.

I used winsor and newton sanguine and sepia inks mixed 50/50, with a very fine stiff point sketching pen and a bolder drawing pen with some crappy brushes and some real nice oil paint liner brushes. about 4-5 hours I think? 5.5 inches by 14 inches.


EDIT: sorry about it now showing up, I don't know whats wrong,. I can see it, but that's not what matters. It's also a lot darker in the picture. The paper I used was almost yellow it was so bright.

11-08-2007, 01:54 PM
Hi sttaffy, WELCOME to WC P&I! For some reason there is no image to look at. Try again....


11-08-2007, 02:46 PM
Welcome to the P&I forum, Sttaffy. You did a fantastic job on this. I love the color and the bridge is perfect.

11-08-2007, 06:11 PM
Nice looking result.

I like your "no going back" comment about ink. Too true.


11-08-2007, 07:59 PM
Very nice!

11-08-2007, 10:31 PM
Great work! Are all the drawings going to be architectural type things?


11-09-2007, 11:23 AM
Thanks for all the support!

Mostly architectual.
the list of drawings:

4 different frames - multiple pictures in each:

First set:
Ben Franklin Bridge
Philadelphia Art Museum
Philadelphia Water Works (on th Schuylkill River)

Second frame:
The Clothespin (statue by city hall)
The "Love" statue
The Rocky Statue (maybe)
then either Rodin's "Thinker" or Penn State's "Nittany Lion"

Third Frame:
Old Main at Penn State
St. Thomas' Cathedral at Villanova
Her old house in Bucks County
Her Current house

City Hall
The Liberty Bell
The Logan Circle Fountains (maybe)
Independence Hall

So I've got my work cut out for me :) The next one is the Art Museum, I'll post it as a WIP

11-09-2007, 08:21 PM
Welcome to the Pen and Ink Forum. I really love what you've done here, and especially like how you have the sky blended and the lovely strong penwork for the bridge. :clap: :thumbsup:

Val. :wave:

11-15-2007, 12:12 PM
This is the next in the series described in this other thread:

This is the Philadelphia Museum of Art located at the end of the Ben Franklin Parkway in Philly, by the Schuylkill River: http://images.google.com/images?client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=s&hl=en&q=philadelphia+art+museum&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi

These are the 'Rocky steps' - the steps that rocky runs up in the movie. This is one pf my favorite buildings ever - I'll try to take pictures along the way. I forgot to take pictures of the first step, plotting out all the reference points, but it just looks like chicken scratch. the fist pic is after the 'connect the dots' phase, then some more detail and a halftone wash on a part of the steps to get a reference of value...


11-15-2007, 04:11 PM
Hi sttaffy -- I merged the two threads, so people wouldn't get lost. :D

Also, your second link is to a long list of Google search items -- you may want to just post one image that will be the ref image . . .

11-15-2007, 06:31 PM
Hi there sstaffy, Love the bridge, great detail. The building is coming along great too. I did love the old Rocky movies!!!
So are you saying you do no pencil work at all? That is amazing. I always do a pencil sketch very lightly first to make sure I have everything in proportion and correct perspective, then the detail goes in as I ink.
I think for are truly amazing to be able to do something like a bridge or a building without drawing in pencil first. Congratulations and keep them coming!

11-19-2007, 12:15 PM
Elaine - Thanks!
I draw out a reference picture first (in pencil!), with major 'landmarks' and reference points using a photo for reference, then I cheat! i put my reference drawing behind the paper i'll be inking and tape it to my window, and use it as a light table. i make very small marks with a fine sketching pen at some major egdes and corners, like the tip of the flagpoles and the corners of the buildings. then I use the reference photo to very lightly sketch the rest of the major features in the same small sketch pen, then its connect the dots, bolden the lines and then a few hours with some small oil painting brushes giving everything volume.

here's the finished Art Museum - the next one is the philadelphia water works on the schuylkill river - never tried to do reflections with ink washes before, so im going to do a lot of practice stuff first, but ill take more pictures of the in between steps this next time. i was at my girlfriends' this weekend without a camera while i finished it.

Here are two photos, the actual colors are kind of an average of these two pics. the paper is a warm golden yellow and the ink is a 50/50 mix of sanguine and sepia yeilding a brownish red. thanks for looking!!


11-19-2007, 02:00 PM
Beautiful work. I'm wanting to do something with architecture sometime soon, and this is inspirational.

11-19-2007, 05:01 PM
Where's Rocky's statue?????:eek:

11-19-2007, 05:07 PM
Well done. great finish.

11-19-2007, 05:33 PM
elaine and bluegill - thanks!

objectivist - they moved the statue a few years ago. now all that reamins is a bronze plaque with rocky's converse imprints on it where the statue used to be. the statue was deemed a movie prop and not 'real art' whatever that is. it was moved to the side a little bit.

here's a link to the wikipedia article - and surprise surprise my reference image :D : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_Steps

11-19-2007, 09:07 PM
DANG!! :mad:

But, then, museum folk are usually the next-to-last to know what true art is anyway....[critics, of course, are the last :lol::lol:]

11-20-2007, 12:06 AM
tell me about it! I do construction/ installation work in a big modern art museum in NYC, and they have some stuff on the walls that could never in a million years even begin to think about being able to hold a candle to the rocky statue!

11-20-2007, 03:15 AM
Great finish sttaffy. :clap: :clap:

Val. :wave:

11-20-2007, 09:20 AM
Sounds retro, sttaffy :lol::lol::lol::rolleyes: