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02-01-2011, 06:43 AM

Welcome to the pen, ink and wash project,
for Feb and March. 2011


Hans Holbein


William Blake 'Tiriel'


Samuel Palmer


Whistler, 'Lady Meux'.



02-01-2011, 06:46 AM
Any combination of pen, brush and wash is welcome.

You may find inspiration in the drawings of classical masters or modern artists: Raphael, Poussin, Leonardo, Hokusai, Daumier, Beardsley, Roualt, Blake, Palmer, etc. Please add your favourites.

You can copy artworks by past masters (deceased before 1940) or perhaps take inspiration from photos, or from around your environment.

You may like to take a traditional approach or try something wild.

Please post your work here for us to view.

02-01-2011, 06:47 AM

You could search the how-to videos on youtube. Here is one to start you off.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoJtoGJcnJM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoJtoGJcnJM)

Some more links

http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/drawing/pen-and-ink-drawings.htm (http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/drawing/pen-and-ink-drawings.htm)

http://www.peninkwatercolorsketching.com/ (http://www.peninkwatercolorsketching.com/)

Looking forward to your art!!

02-01-2011, 07:19 AM
This looks great. Looks like some of my doodles would work here.

I love Samual Palmer's work....Want to do a thread on him all over again. Might try some in his style.

Good project, June. :heart:

02-01-2011, 06:17 PM
Yes, yes, yes.....I love pen and ink........

02-01-2011, 06:50 PM
Perfect place to post my sketches. First, I have to do them. Great project, June.

02-02-2011, 07:55 AM
Hi gang! I love to sketch with my pens too. And I really love Samuel Palmer. Maybe some sheep will appear here!! And hopefully some doodles of local places.

02-02-2011, 08:50 AM
This one is right up my alley. I love pen and wash. I'll make a big effort and post some to share. I look forward to seeing what you all come up with too.

02-06-2011, 06:42 PM
Here's one I did of my bag while waiting for my kids playing tennis.

Sakura Koi pan watercolor
Ball pen
Lyra 2B watersoluable graphite crayon


02-09-2011, 01:12 AM
This one I did yesterday following a pix of a camel on the Wall Street Journal but the rest is mine.

Sakura Koi watercolor
Pro-Art 4x6 sketchbook


Today's sketches. Each one takes a good half hour. Luckily, the Vanish Eraser I got from Jerry's was very gentle with my paper and after multiple erasing of my pencil markings, the paper is still good.

Pentel Pocket Calligraphy brush pen for outlines
Sakura Koi watercolor for all background
The turquoise is Derwent Graphitint pencil washed

Pro Art sketchbook 4x6 inch
The top part up till the breast is based on a manga book but the rest from then downwards are my design. Had to photoshop it to make the colors more solid.


This one is entirely my design. I didn't darken it even more or the paper would be too dark.

Classic Cachet Sketchbook 5 x 7 inch cream paper 100 lbs


02-09-2011, 06:40 PM
/sandra the last two here are solid and striking. good stuff - I can definitely see the anatomy class pay off in these.

02-10-2011, 07:38 AM
I agree with Robin. The figures are really effective. Similar to fashion drawing.

02-10-2011, 01:37 PM
just happened to be working with chinese brush and ink the last couple of weeks.


02-10-2011, 08:17 PM
Sandra those last figures are awesome, lov'em... :)

Robin your brush work is looking really good, lots of texture.

02-12-2011, 11:15 AM


I tried a couple of pen and wash studies of an orchid from life. I like the dark background of the first as it makes the white orchid stand out; but I think the pen lines and the washes are too 'stiff' in this one. I could be wrong.

In the second one, I like the scribblier lines and washier washes..but maybe the background could be darker. This could be fixed I suppose with more washes.

I don't know why I tried a flower...as I've not had very much experience painting them. The flower looked so lovely on my windowsill, I guess that's why I picked it. I need to practise!! Third time lucky.

However, I'm leaving these two as is for now and I'll go on to some other subject.


02-12-2011, 05:10 PM
Robin, totally Asian in brushstrokes. Very nice. You displayed the age of these plants well.

June, both of them are charming. But I agree, I like the scribbler strokes. It makes them livelier as though they are being blown in the wind. The darker background looks good.

02-13-2011, 02:01 PM
Thanks Jacqui

June - I like the darker background on the first one. I think if the line was thicker that would help too but I love your lines curves and forms

Sandra - thanks - I'm using the Mustard Seed Garden book you mentioned al while back

02-21-2011, 01:19 PM

'Female artist', a pen & wash doodle from this morning.:D

02-21-2011, 10:43 PM
I had to look at your avatar again....it looks like you and Toby but it's alot like Trafford's style.......fun stuff!!!!

02-22-2011, 08:01 AM
Hi, everybody....nice work here. Your black and white ladies look like fashion illustrations Sandra. I like them a lot.

Lovely orchids, June. Nice to have one on your window sill.

They do look like Asian trees Robin. We should do a month of trees in all shapes and sizes and all different styles. I'd love to work on trees and actually get the feel of them.

June, you could post your sketch of the woman artist in Caricature thread as well as here, all it needs is Toby lying at your feet. A great portrait of you. :)

02-22-2011, 02:37 PM
June, this looks so classic for normal comic strips. Very nicely done.

02-23-2011, 03:11 AM
Thanks everyone for commenting. Hi Janet, I did a close-up self with Toby after this one. I'll go post it over in caricatures!!

03-20-2011, 11:47 PM
here's something in the Hieronomus Bosh vein. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Mar-2011/88676-ink117.jpg

03-21-2011, 03:17 AM
Love the imaginative work, Robin. Lovely pen technique. I think I will buy some new pens. My sepia brushpen is dry and I only have one nib pen. I use bamboo sometimes and I like rollerball pens for a flowing line.

What do others recommend??

03-21-2011, 09:29 PM
I like the Z nibs that Sandra talked alot about. I think you can only get them from Jet Pens. com though. Jet pens also has some interesting pens etc. If your order is $12 or more it's free shipping. At least it was last time I ordered. Up at the top of the web page was a little message to that effect.
The Hunt 101 nib is excellent because it is very flexible . With a little pressure the nib widens making the line thicker....its really fun. You can get those from John Neal Bookseller's website.

Here I tried to copy a Rembrant........sure lacks the vibrant life his has...He was awesome. And to think he died a pauper.........the world is not our home......http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Mar-2011/88676-after_rem118.jpg

03-23-2011, 03:33 PM
Robin, liking your Bosch creatures a lot and the Rembrandt is very nice and sketchy. I have a book of his drawings, and I seem to remember this one.

Here's a quickie...a lady playing the piano:


03-23-2011, 08:24 PM
Very nice Janet....that is a pose of intense musical intenseness.....heh, heh....I would have never thought of that......I like it, that piece of sheet music has a lovely lilting shape

03-27-2011, 05:00 PM
Very good ghouls, Robin. The toned paper works very well with the tinge of white. And the second one is good too.

Janet, what great concentration and intensity of that simple piece. Well done. The black background adds to it.

Robin, the nib is called Zebra G-nib (http://www.jetpens.com/index.php/product/view/products_id/4195). Not Z nib. It makes very fluid lines but so far, I've been sticking with only the manga ink. I tried Bombay india ink and it doesn't work. Robin, which ink do you use it with?

This one is Walnut ink that refuses to go on my dip pens today so I used a brush and then manga ink with the G nib.

Classic Cachet Cream color sketchbook 110 lbs 5 x 7 inch

It's still the Hendrick Avercamp Gold on the Ice piece and I changed the activities some more.


This one is Walnut ink, Higgins red and white and black and Green bombay india ink. I did manage to make a very ugly light green. Outline is manga ink with G-nib.

Based on Jan Van Coyen's Haarlem Meer


This one is Walnut ink, Bombay india yellow ink, and Higgins blue ink. Outline is manga ink with G nib.

I of course changed all the houses and rocks and contents of the piece and just used the color scheme.

Based on Hercules Segers A River Valley with a Group of Houses

Japanese sketchbook 6 x 9 inch