Category Archives: Pen

Weeks 5 & 6 – Art Inspired By Another Artist

We were give 3 artists to investigate they were: Carry Akroyd, Edward Bawden and Alphonse Mucha.

We were then asked to do our own piece of art that was inspired by one of the artists adding to the challenge was the fact that all three where renown for their print work and we were to paint or draw our version.  I really enjoyed researching all three and I liked these images that I found.

Fenlife by Carry Akroyd
Play with Me by Edward Bawden

Zodiac by Alphonse Mucha

I really liked Edward Bawden’s work so I decided to go with him.

I missed week 4 of doing this as I was away.  Not wanting to be left behind I did a quick sketch whilst away to show my teacher today.  I wasn’t sure if I had captured the style of Edward Bawden, and wanted her to have a look.  She agreed I had, so I progresssed my sketch further.

I wasn’t sure whether to do my final image in Gouache or in pen so, to save myself some time in class I opted to start the drawing on Bockingford Watercolour paper, that way both options were covered.  My art teacher and I agreed to opt for the pen option as I would be able to achieve finer detail.

I have posted the final image under the Pen & Ink Drawings tab.


Weeks 3 & 4 – Progression of Work and/or Observation

At today’s lesson we could work in either oil or acrylic and work with white, black and one other colour or pen and watercolour wash.  The idea was to either use the sketches we have already done or a new observation to do a tonal painting.  I chose to use pen and watercolour.

My first couple of sketches were solely from my glass sketch from the first week.  I then decided, to do an observational study of another bottle.  I found it easier to use my original sketch to work from rather than the observaion.  The very first and last sketches were solely using a water-soluable pen, I liked the lightness of the first one and decided for the final sketch to see what effect I would get by darkening it down.  I must admit I do prefer the first one.

I have posted all of the sketches under the Sketches tab.

Week 2 – Observation

Today’s lesson was all about contour lines and using pen again.  We had a selection of objects to choose from and I chose a length of rope.

I was advised to do just did a section of it as it’s a really complicated subject to tackle.

Rope (WIP)

I decided to work on A5 Daler-Rowney Heavy-weight cartidge paper, I only got this far in class so, I finished it at home.  I have posted the finished drawing under the Pen & Ink Drawings tab.

First Day Of A New Term – Observation

It was really great to see old and new faces today and everyone was eager to see what our art teacher had in store for us.  This term we are concentrating on observation.

We had to work in pairs to create a still life and then to render it in pen.  We were allowed to draw a very faint outline in pencil first and then work in pen after.

I really enjoyed this exercise although, I got a bit carried away with my black marker pen and took the background too far down.  Luckily, one of the ladies kindly lent me a paint brush and her tube of acrylic paint and I was able to rectify it.

I have posted it under the Practice Pieces tab as I feel it doesn’t warrant going under the Pen & Ink tab as I had to rescue it with paint (which technically has made it mixed media anyway and not true pen & ink).

Playing With Pens

My art classes start again on Friday 19 April and we will be starting with the usual observation lesson first but, this time we will be using pen!  We haven’t done much pen work to date so it will be an exciting lesson and a very challenging one.  I am really looking forward to gaining confidence using this medium.

Today, I decided to have a go at a couple of pen drawings.  My first attempt wasn’t great I decided to try to draw straight with pen without any form of under drawing and it was a bit of a disaster!  I ran out of paper towards the top and ended up squashing up the composition.  Next I decided to do a tracing of the outline to give me some guidance and transfered that to the paper I was using.  I then went over the top with pen.

With my “safety net” in place, I felt much more confident, I knew the balance in the compostion was sorted so, that then left me free to concentrate on working out how the different pens worked and what effects I could achieve.

I have posted the two drawings under the Pen & Ink Drawings tab.

Pen & Wash

Today was a great lesson!  For the first time ever I used pen to create a base drawing instead of using pencil.  I found working with pen made me work faster, which was really surprising.  The initial quick sketch was just roughed out using a pencil then we went over the lines using a pen.  It helped take some of the fear factor out of diving straight in with pen.  We then put a watercolour wash over the top and slowly built up the colour.  I have posted Wellington Boots under the Watercolour Paintings tab. 

I had some time to spare as I finished early so my art teacher said I had time to do some more paintings.  A friend had brought in an illustration of a glass jar with Cranberries in it.  So, I decided to do a painting of that.  I ended up in fact doing two paintings of the jar as I got carried away!  I have posted Glass Jars I & II under the Sketches tab.  I see them as fun doodles, although my art teacher and fellow class mates thought they were really good.