Ink and wash life drawing experiments

Asian girl in pen and ink

Asian girl in pen and ink

Medium: Charcoal pencil and sepia ink on.

Creation time: 1 hour 10 minutes.

This drawing has a slightly cartoony feel to it because I didn't vary the lines very much when I inked them in. The nib I was using stopped me from making lines too thin so maybe that was partly to blame. The shadows were painted in with a brush using a diluted amount of sepia ink. The drawing would have looked better if I had painted white highlights with gouache. I've never tried that before so maybe I will next time.

Girl Reading in the Nude

Girl Reading in the Nude

Medium: Charcoal pencil and sepia ink on watercolour paper.

Creation time: About an hour or so.

I painted this picture of a girl reading a book in the nude at least two years ago and I completely forgot about it. I was going through my watercolour paper and I rediscovered it! So here it is after all this time. It probably needs more work building up the tones on her body so her face doesn't look so dark. I find faces can be hard to get right so they end up a bit labored and dark. I think it's a nice relaxed pose though.

Sepia girl

Sepia girl

Medium: Charcoal pencil and sepia ink.

With this picture I first planned out the pose with charcoal pencil then I painted the tones with varying intensities of sepia ink. I resisted the temptation to outline everything with my ink nib (which I normally do) and it has a softer look as a result.

Girl in sepia ink

Girl in sepia ink

Medium: Charcoal pencil and sepia ink.

Creation time: 1 hour 15 minutes.

This was a ink and nib study. I am happy with the proportions and some of the lines but I feel that the shadow turning point is much too dark, particularly along her leg. If it was softer it would make the drawing much more subtle. I will have to try and do that next time.

Pen and wash girls 1

Pen and wash girls 1

Medium: Charcoal pencil and sepia ink on.

Creation time: 5 minutes each.

I had so much fun drawing these! They each took about 5 minutes to do. First I quickly sketched them in lightly with charcoal pencil, then I blocked in the shaddow shapes with diluted sepia ink and a brush, then finally inked in the contours with a nib pen.

They have a beautiful fluid feel to them because they were drawn so quickly. I'm definitely going to do more of these.

Pen and wash girls 2

Pen and wash girls 2

Medium: Charcoal pencil and sepia ink on.

Creation time: 5 minutes each.

I love the simplicity of ink and wash drawings because you can say so much with very minimal brush strokes.

The brush I was using was a bit big without a pointed end so I found it impossible to make my shadow shapes just the way I wanted them. If I had a nice pointy brush then I could have made very precise narrow shapes and I believe it would have made the drawings look much better. I will definitely get a better brush for next time.

Girl leaning back in ink

Girl leaning back in ink

Medium: Sepia ink on coloured paper.

Creation time: 5 minutes.

I absolutely love this drawing. I drew it with sepia ink directly onto the paper without any pencil workings. I reckon it turned out great! It even looked like her.

What I did was carefully observe every subtle curve and imagine it on the paper in the right spot first, then I drew it in one quick smooth stroke and then moved on to the next line.

Before I tried this careful and deliberate method of drawing, my ink sketches were all scratchy and messy. This is definitely a much better way to work.

Reclining girl in ink

Reclining girl in ink

Medium: Sepia ink on coloured paper.

Creation time: 5 minutes.

This was drawn in sepia ink directly onto the paper without first working it all out in pencil. I was very suprised at how well it came out.