Sunday, 13 October 2013

inking a bittern

bittern, originally uploaded by Dru Marland.

Another picture for the poetry anthology. I wanted to do a simple, slightly stylised reedbed. I've used inks for everything. Everything is outlined in India ink, because it is vividly black. I used dip pens because the lines respond more to pressure, as opposed to Rotring style pens which give a line of constant width.

The colour is Sennelier sepia and sienna, with a bit of India ink thrown in for the darker detailing. The ink's brighter than watercolour, but the wash is slightly uneven in places. Maybe I should have diluted it a bit more, and dampened the paper before laying down the ink.

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