Here are some ink sketches done over many years.
|Dried Strelitzia, Indian Ink. 1987|
Left is a pen and ink drawing in Indian ink with a 'post office' nib of a dried strelitzia - a favourite subject since I was 16 and drew it in minute detail with rapidograph pens. This is a much looser sketch exploring the lines with a bit more freedon in the wash
|Flax Flowers. Ink and wash. 1981.|
Right is a drawing with rapidograph pens and watercolour wash. The pens came in a set with a good range of sizes but took an awful lot of cleaning out to keep them working properly.
|Garlic. Chinese ink. 1987|
Left is a study of garlic done in Chinese stick ink, ground on an ink stone, with a brush. The range of greys and black possible with Chinese ink sticks are wonderful. They tend to brush onto the paper very smoothly too.
|Ayers Rock, watercolour and Indian Ink. 1986?|
Right is a sketch done on location at Ularu using watercolour and Indian Ink that creates crazy blooms in the wet watercolour.
|Queen Victoria above the Post Office building 1984?|
Left is a sketch done in Martin Place with a fountain pen with a sketch nib.
|Rhinoceros Beetle pen and ink. 2013|
|Cockatoo Island machine. Micron pen and wash 2014|
Left is a pen and wash drawing done using brown felt tip pen - a Sakura Micron 01. There is also some grey Copic pen work in this sketch.
|Rookwood cemetary, ink and wash|
Right is a study at Rookwood cemetary. I used a water soluble ink for the wrought Iron work but the colours that exploded were too pink to be realistic or desirable.
|Saxophone study, pen and watercolour wash 2014|
Left is a drawing with De Atramentis Document Black ink in a Flexible fountain pen - a Pilot Falcon with an Extra Fine nib. This is great ink and totally waterproof so I am really enjoying working with it in a number of my fountain pens.
|A machine at Cockatoo Island, |
Brown ink and wash 2014
And finally I received the Brown De Atramentis Document Ink I have been waiting for. It's a lovely burnt umber colour and once again, totally waterproof. I drew the machine on the right in the brown ink using the Pilot Falcon fountain pen and added watercolour.
Now I just need a waterproof grey ink, and perhaps Burnt Sienna........