It rained today, so I can't mow my lawn. Darn. It's a good day for drinking coffee and blogging. These are my latest experiments in watercolor and ink...
I mentioned to my story supervisor at work, Bob Persichetti, that I was looking for a really black ink to draw with, one that "sits" on top of the paper. He lent me his bottle of Winsor & Newton ink to try.
Winsor & Newton Indian Ink & watercolor on Arches cold-pressed
watercolor block, 9 x 12"
In doing these studies, I had no specific subjects in mind. I just wanted to get a couple of sketchpads going at the same time. Aside from the burly bearded gentleman we shall call "Captain Sourpuss", I did a spontaneous portrait of Vince Guaraldi after glancing at an album cover of his.
For the Winsor & Newton, I used a sable brush. It definitely feels different from a pen. I think my next experiment will be to find a way of combining the two. I love the boldness of the brush ink, but I also favor being able to carve out a drawing with a big Sharpie. A fun discovery with our friend Captain Sourpuss, was laying down the blue shadows first, then going over him with a ghoulish green. I think the effect feels natural, yet there is a graphic poster quality to working this way. It definitely warrants further exploration.
Winsor & Newton Indian Ink & watercolor
on Arches hot-pressed watercolor block, 7 x 10"
"Vince" was done on smooth, hot-pressed paper. I didn't care for this as much. I like seeing the tooth of the paper. Watering down the ink was fun though.I think I'll try adding granules of salt next time.
Well, the Winsor & Newton definitely "sits" on top of the paper. I saw it in an art store two weeks ago and thought the bottle looked fun, but I passed on it. Luckily, Bob hooked me up with his supply. I will be buying more.