This is the latest fantasy piece I finished up the other day. It’s done with ink and pen along with ink wash with brush on bristol plate.
I went into this drawing with the plan of conveying the sense of action/motion in it. A lot of my previous work is rather static, a character posing/standing still. I wanted to challenge myself as well as engage the viewer in a different way rather than repeatedly do the same composition. I’m happy with the way that it turned out in terms of composition and having a sense of action to it.
I used strictly my hawk nib pen for this one, mainly to see how diverse it could be. It is much stiffer and perhaps not quite as super fine as the more popular crow quill nib, but I found it to handle well and I like the stiffness of it. I didn’t feel like it was too flexiable or fragile like sometimes do when using the crow quill nib. After using it solely for this drawing I came away confindant that its diverse enough to be used on a regular basis and perhaps become my dip pen of choice.
I also used ink wash, rather than black gouache, in this drawing as an experiment. Overall, I’m happy with the range of values the Speedball Super Black Ink gave me, but the paper did warp a bit too much for my liking due to the excessive watery nature of the wash. Gouache tends to be a bit thicker and doesn’t warp the paper at all, or not nearly as much as the ink wash. The jet black gouache tends to be a deeper black as well, which I prefer.
For the white energy/lightning in the background around the woman warrior, I used Dr. Ph Martin’s Bleedproof White. It’s a white ink that’s about as thick as white out, but can be thinned down with water. It worked well with a brush, and it was interesting to see how well it worked. Although I may not use in every drawing, I can defintely see the benefits of using it in the future.
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