Test drivePosted: January 4, 2021
Happy New Year! I hope this is a better one for all of us!
I’m happy that my first post of the year is an urban sketch, one done from my car studio, while parked near the lake in Pointe Claire Village. We’ve been waiting for a good snowfall which finally happened on Saturday, so urban scenes are looking a little nicer than a few weeks ago when the landscape was varying shades of grey and brown.
I took my favourite pen out for a test drive to see how it worked on location. Today it’s filled with Platinum Carbon ink which dries quicker than the Noodler’s Black that it was filled with last week (thanks Kate B. for that tip!), and that’s important because I went out with the intention of trying an ink/wash combo.
Something I am trying to get used to with a pen that releases a lot of ink is to keep my drawing hand elevated from the paper so I don’t smudge it. The thing I liked best today is that after I did my initial ink drawing (no pencil on this) and then added wash, I was able to go back to the ink drawing to accentuate some of the lines. The pen goes easily over the damp paper without clogging, and in fact the thicker lines are quite dark and rich. It may be hard to see because the sketch is a double-page spread, but below is a detail of the evergreens with the pen lines on top of dampish watercolour washes.