Thursday, January 8, 2015

Golden Age Pen and Ink Illustrators

The artist Robert Henri is quoted in the book "The Art Spirit" telling his students"..all the past is yours." I think about this when I look at the work of past masters. Fine artist and illustrators, there is so much work there. So much that gets forgotten and rediscovered and then buried again

The work of past pen and ink artist come to mind. At one time names like Franklin Booth, Joseph Clement Coll, Charles Dana Gibson were widely known, not just by artist and art students but by the public who read the periodicals that published their drawings. Artist still use pen and ink and there are a number of really great illustrators using the medium but the golden age of the pen and ink illustrator is gone. Thats not to say that the medium will never see a revival. Who knows, it just may be that artist can turn another page and and show that there is still more to be said. I enjoy using the medium and will continue to do so, but for this post I will include the works of some of the best masters of the medium from it's golden age.

Joseph Clement Coll






















Edwin Austin Abbey

















Franklin Booth





















Charles Dana Gibson





































Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Oil Painting on Paper.






My first painting of 2015 actually was supposed to be a pen and ink drawing.

I started with a careful pencil outline on a sheet of Strathmore rag bristol board. I placed a sheet of tracing vellum to make a few quick pen and ink warm up drawings. I accidently got some of the ink onto the sheet of bristol board. Rather than start all over again I decided to coat the
paper with acrylic medium, a clear gesso which would allow me to see the pencil drawing and seal it from the oil paint's I used to finish the work.

If this would have been my original plan instead of the ink drawing I would have probably done a more careful pencil drawing. I didn't stop to think that I could have worked it out a little better ( probably my disappointment that I was not able to use it for the ink drawing ).

I learned to use the acrylic medium over a pencil drawing from watching videos made by artist James Gurney.  I highly recommend purchasing his videos and/or his books. You can view his blog HERE or his YouTube Channel HERE

The image at bottom left shows the progression of the painting reading each row from left to right.

I'm glad I did this piece in oils. I think for 2015 I will return to the medium more often.