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.