Friday, September 30, 2016

Books On Pen and Ink Drawing

I have been buying art books since High School. My wife complains every time I purchase a new book because there is no more room.

With Inktober a day away I thought I might start to share some of my books I have on pen and ink drawings.

I believe any list about pen and ink artist should start with these three (the first two anyway).

Pen Drawing and Pen Draughtsmen by Joseph Pennell. I bought this book when I was in college. It is a great survey of pen and ink artist in Europe and America and is easily the best book I ever purchased on ink work. The writer can come across as very opinionated although he is also a master of the medium. However whether one agrees with him or not it doesn't take away from the beautiful illustrations in the book.

Ink Drawing Techniques by Henry C Pitz ( a well known illustrator who worked in pen and ink) was given to me by my sister when I was in high school. I loved this book which also had great examples of ink works by many different artists as well as being very instructive in the tools and techniques of the medium.

Treasury of American Pen & Ink Illustration 1881-1938 by Fridolf Johnson. This last book may not be as impressive as the first two but this very inexpensive book has a nice sampling of pen and ink work by many early American illustrators. It also has a very interesting introduction with a brief history on pen work for reproduction.

I think that the only one of these books that is out of print is the one by Henry C Pitz but all three can be easily found on Amazon. I have included a link for each of these books bellow.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Warming Up For InkTober

With InkTober three days away I start to sketch in pen and ink on my lunch hour. I do this to warm up and get used to the tools. The main tools I plan to use will be Micron pens, Steel pen nibs and sable brushes.

Through out the time I will be working in Pen and ink I will take the time to look through the work of different pen and ink artist that I admire.
That will make the month of October inspirational and fun because there is a long list of pen and ink artist that I like and can learn a great deal from if I spend this time studying their work as I draw.

While I was working on these drawings I was looking at the works of David Levine, Sergio Toppi, Moebius, and Charles Dana Gibson.

Friday, September 23, 2016

More Lunch Hour Sketches And Looking Forward To InkTober

Looking ahead to InkTober I began sketching mostly in inks during my lunch hour breaks at work.

I look forward to InkTober like I used to look forward to Christmas as a kid. Before September is up I will have gathered my supplies and planned out what I will be sketching for the month.

Already I am thinking of choosing a different topic for each week. Portraits one week, landscapes the next. Nothing set in stone yet but by the end of this month I will have planned out what I will be doing for October. In the mean time I just kind of enjoy these warm up sketches. These have been fun to do, I hope the whole month of October goes that way.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Recent Sketches Done In Photoshop

After ignoring Photoshop for so long I've suddenly taken a liking to it. Maybe it was after looking at work done by other artist with the software that I was motivated to give it another go. Also I had purchased a bunch of Photoshop  brushes as mentioned in an earlier post.

I find it funny that what I like and I don't like about Photoshop are the same thing, it has a lot of tools. I like that it has so many options at the same time I like the simplicity of programs like Sketchbook Pro, ArtRage, or Rebelle.

These two sketches were done in Photoshop recently. I've also used Photoshop and a combination of Sketchbook Pro and Photoshop for some illustration images that I will post after they are published.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Last Pages In My Sketchbook


For some reason I don't always make it to the last page in my sketchbook, I don't know why but I seem to give up and move on to another sketchbook when I get close to that last page or sometimes even just half the book.

Actually I have several sketchbooks going at once because of the different papers and mediums I use.

These are the last pages in one of my current sketchbooks' I was not crazy about the paper so I'm surprised that I continued to draw in it.

Maybe it was the stickers of sketches by some of my favorite artist I placed on the covers to inspire me. John Buscema, Milt Kahl and Norman Rockwell were the artist I picked to put on and in the book. It was always fun to look at because of those stickers.