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Old 03-29-2011, 06:29 PM
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Pen-drawings of Ships

Hi,Forum. A different approach on depicting ships is making a pendrawing.Ofcourse the classical way is in Indian ink-but that's very pitch-dark black! No grey-tones.Why not use a common ballpoint pen? The sequence is:
1)Make a pencil drawing,to get aquainted with the ship.
2)Transfer the drawing with the ballpoint and apply greytones.Omit the horizon,clouds and waves.A bit of reflection on the water will do.
3)Leave it that way or highlight the ship with gouache paint.
As an example : here's the Blue Star reefer Hobart Star,entering Sydney Harbour
To show the greytones made possible with a ballpoint:two Dutch reefers,the Fedala and the Rochab.
Give it a go!
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Old 03-29-2011, 06:52 PM
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Re: Pen-drawings of Ships

Some more pendrawings of Hobart Star entering Sydney Harbour and two sailing ships.The Cutty Sark drawing has been washed in diluted Indian ink.
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Old 03-29-2011, 06:58 PM
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Re: Pen-drawings of Ships

The last pendrawing set concerning Hobart Star :situated in Dover Strait and meeting another Blue Star ship, the Brasil Star.
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:06 PM
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Re: Pen-drawings of Ships

I love ships also, especially sail boats, how can you do a wash over ball point and not smear the ink???? James
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:07 PM
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Forgot to say your ships are terrific.
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Re: Pen-drawings of Ships

Wonderful work, love the colour added to the sketches.

The ball pen is under-rated I think.

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Old 03-30-2011, 05:12 AM
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Re: Pen-drawings of Ships

These are stunning!!Love how you have got the shape so well.
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Fantastic!!!
I love them all!! A pen drawing always looks quite unique to me!! So special!


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Old 03-30-2011, 04:25 PM
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Re: Pen-drawings of Ships

Hi,James,don't worry: a dried ball pendrawing won't smear at all-but if you plan to wash it(or apply gouache on large surfaces) make sure you start on suitable,thick paper. And remove all traces of the underlying pencildrawing; you will not be able to stuff them away once there's a layer of gouache or ink over them.
Doug :Whether one likes the black/white version or the coloured one has proven to be a matter of taste.On a different site I display work concerning the Port of Rotterdam 1950-70 and took the trouble to duplicate a pendrawing into a gouache(the latter taking 30x more time!) and ask the visitors which one they liked best;the result was about 50/50.Here they are.
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Awesome thread Shiplover ..... I might just "give it a go"
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Wonderful!!!
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