Sunday, 10 May 2009

An Easier Window...

I'm still sketching from the studio, but treated myself to an easier time - this is the view from the regular window at the side of the house: no acrobatics necessary.

From my window 1

I had to do it over two days. My new idea (while waiting to get my hands on some better waterproof ink) was to try laying in some colour first, adding the ink on top, once it was dry. I tried to be intuitive and do it without pencil guidelines, but all the roofy perspective was more tricky than I anticipated and, by the time I'd finished the watercolour bit, the light was nearly gone.

I finished it off the next day at roughly the same time in the evening.

It worked OK, but far too much faffing about. Anyway, I now have another ink to try: Higgins Black Magic Indian Ink. Ridiculously expensive: £5.35 for a tiny 1fl oz bottle, but recommended by Seamus Heffernan in my Illustrated Life book as a non-clogger - we'll see!

5 comments:

Choccy said...

I haven't done any real sketching for years but your studies have
inspired me to give it a go again. I did a pic from my bedroom window yesterday.Thank you Lynne for your enthusiasm.

Lynne Chapman said...

That's fantastic news Choccy. I'm absolutely delighted to be the inspiration that's got you going again.

Hope the drawing went well and you do another today!

Anonymous said...

Your books seems amazing ! I live in Ireland, so next time I go to a bookshop, I will try to find your books ;-)

I will add a link yo your blog on my blog too ! And I will be happy to visit you again soon !
Thank you,

Coralie

Carrie said...

Hi Lynne,
I've been following your pen and ink posts with great interest... I've been having the same trouble with waterproof ink, so I'll give your recommendation a go!
What pen are you using? I use a Rotring sketch pen with a plunger type of cartridge thingy...
I love your sketchbooks, should inspire me to keep up with mine!
Great blog too...
Regards, Carrie...

Lynne Chapman said...

Hi Carrie - yes, same pen as yours I think, fine nib. Glad you're enjoying seeing my scribblings!