Scratch, scratch

I spent a glorious half hour sitting outside after breakfast, reading David Gentleman’s book My Town and admiring the wonderful variety of his sketches, the wit in his writing and the glimpses of London that he captures in so many fascinating ways. I limit myself to only a few pages at a time so that I can properly read the captions and absorb the details of each sketch. Some are quickly drawn with a minimum of strokes, others are more elaborate — created as private commissions or for commercial use — but all are worth studying, for their composition, use of limited colour, and most of all — for the way he uses line. When my daily dose was complete, I was inspired to pick up a dip pen and make some marks of my own in a small sketchbook. I used an ink that I now realize was not permanent, so the thing is a bit of a mess, but what I enjoyed the most was deep black of the ink and the scratch of the nib on the dry paper.

20 Comments on “Scratch, scratch”

  1. -N- says:

    Nice work! I use an 1800s dip pen and steel nibs to write with. I do love a good pen, good ink, and the whole experience. Color and ink are delightful, and starting with ink, moving to watercolor and then back to ink, has a dancelike element to it.


  2. loisajay says:

    And Alice got in the painting, too!


  3. beth says:

    Beautiful work!


  4. mcammeehan says:

    Nice work. If I ever figure out how to do it I will post my work on Instagram


  5. Lee Kline says:

    I am unable to reply to your page any more. I wanted to tell you that David Gentleman and Paul Hogarth are two of my drawing heroes.

    Lee Kline


  6. TonyU says:

    Glad to hear the scratching was from the pen and not Alice ….

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  7. Doug Elliot says:

    Another excellent book by an artist is Graham Green Country by Paul Hogarth. Paul travels to the locations of the Graham Green novels and gives his impressions and does pen and wash sketches. Available cheaply second hand. Highly recommended.


  8. Uma Maheswar Nakka says:

    Good Afternoon dear Shari,

    Very beautiful sketch and very colorful. Also thanks for sharing knowledge about David Gentleman’s book My Town.

    Your sketches are always pleasant to look at and inspiring too.



  9. monarchd says:

    This book is an excellent find, thank you for sharing! I have been studying Treasury of American Pen & Ink Illustration 1881-1938 by Fridolf Johnson. I too have enjoyed slowly reading just a page or two a day with my morning coffee and really seeing how these masters use line and stroke to great such vivid expression.


  10. Nice sketch. I decided I’m gonna do some plien aire acrylic paintings of my Hostas and Garden. Monet had Water Lillies, and I have Hostas. They are both very beautiful distinguished plants.


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