Grid

My tutor has been very particular about using grid from the very first assignment report.   The following is a line drawing washed with indian ink after John Piper’s ‘Blenheim’ 1954.  The reference picture is 6.5 cm x 13.5 cm.  I scaled it up to 6.5″ x 13.5″.  I measured the grids in the middle of a 12.5″ x 16″ 140b watercolour paper.  I outlined the buildings with a 2H mechanic pencil then over it with a 0.3 micron ink pen.

This is the very first time I wash with indian ink.  I did not know how much water to add.  The first wash was a bit tentative.  I did it from the right to left.  By the time I reached the left half I was more comfortable with the process and became more brave.   I liked the left side better.  So I gave the whole drawing another wash to add some depth.

I always find line drawings with ink wash pleasing but I have never tried it myself.  I find this experience not as scary as I imagined.  I am quite pleased with the result.  The wash certainly adds some characters to the drawing.

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Line and indian ink wash on watercolour paper, after John Pipr ‘Blenheim’ 1854

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line drawing with micron 0.5 pen with the reference picture

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after first wash with indian ink

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