Monday, March 13, 2017

Saturday's Outing Continued

Here are the two additional sketches I started on Saturday while out on location.  All were basically completed in pencil on location with my inking and adding watercolor at home.

Both worked in the Hand Sewn Journal with Fabriano and pens used were the Lamy Safari and the Platinum Carbon fountain pens.  Lexington Gray and Platinum Carbon Black inks



5 comments:

Katherine Konkle said...

I enjoy your blog and find it inspiring. I was wondering if you draw freehand or use a straightedge when inking your drawings? Your lines are so straight in the Sumter Landing piece - any tricks?

Susan Bronsak said...

Thank you so much, Katherine ! :-)

As for my lines, they are all freehand. I find I do better if when putting in long lines to hold my page at a slight angle and work left to right (pushing my pen away from me). Short lines I can work either way pushing or pulling the pen but still with page somewhat at an angle. I tend to have trouble getting straight lines if I'm trying to put them down totally vertical.

Also with really long lines, I may start and stop part of the way trying not to take the nib off the paper when I stop.

Another trick I try to do is look ahead from where my nib is on paper to the ending spot. It's like my hand tries to follow a straight path to where I'm looking.

Katherine Konkle said...

Thanks, I'll try that!

Susan Bronsak said...

Katherine...........if you practice the looking ahead........draw two dots on paper a little distance from one another. Start at the bottom dot (should you try to work at the angle and direction I suggested) and while looking at the other dot, draw your line. I do this on the back of envelopes just as an exercise now and then :-)

Katherine Konkle said...

That sounds like a tip someone once told me for cutting a straight line. Put your other hand where you want the cut to end and you'll automatically cut straight towards it - I'm a picture framer and that has often come in handy

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