An evening’s worth of inking

Inking almost done

I did most of this last evening. Somehow the day just slipped away, so I decided to put on some background noise (tv) and work at the drawing later in the day.  The post dinner hours drifted along and suddenly it was 11: pm when I looked at the clock.  When things are going well, time passes unnoticed.  I haven’t done the shingles yet, obviously, and I am debating what to do on the right.  There is a window set off of the paper that I elected not to include.  I may just let the texture of the wood show through in the blank white area.  Maybe I’ll add some green undertones to the colors to help balance the foliage on the left.  The house is basically a red brick mix like the last ones, grey limestone accent blocks, and brown trim.  It may be good to punch up that rather lackluster earth tone with some other undertone of yellow and green.  I guess I’ll just play with it and see where my eye leads me.  I’m actually rather pleased so far with this.  If I can balance off the white area properly, I think it should turn out well.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sandy Lewis
    Sep 22, 2011 @ 18:59:15

    It looks really good, you have a lot of talent


  2. ruthsartwork
    Sep 22, 2011 @ 19:07:05

    Thanks Sandy. I enjoy doing it, even after all these years.


  3. Cindy D
    Sep 22, 2011 @ 20:48:38

    Lovely! I was marveling at the Irises (?) and then the brickwork and the door details and really appreciated all the different kinds of lines you use. A few months back when I was really getting back into art I did some exercises from “Rendering in Pen and Ink” (originally printed 1976) by Arthur Guptill. Do you know it? I think it’s one of the better known ink books. It was a little dry, though!

    It was pretty clear how many years it would take to master all of the techniques and I can see you’ve done a ton of it. I have to ask, though, have you ever considered throwing caution to the wind and doing some crazy exotic colors?


  4. ruthsartwork
    Sep 22, 2011 @ 22:26:05

    Cindy, yes those are irises. Personally, I have the most trouble with foliage so it always pleases me when someone recognizes something. LOL

    I am actually quite familiar with Arthur Guptill. I have had that same book for many years. I look at it at times and despair of ever doing work that is so elegant and flowing. I keeps me humble. I have been doing architectural work for about 20 years, beginning with my husband’s company advertising. Those early things were pretty aweful, if I do say so myself. I posted a little on my architectural journey early on. “Drawing on the right side of the brain” is also very helpful. I can’t remember the author’s name off hand.

    I have thought about doing some wilder things lately. I have done the aceos and gift tags in my etsy store in a more abstract manner, but lately I have been thinking about getting some acrylics and throwing the paint around. I haven’t done that since college and it would be fun. I’ve been able to be more experimental since I realized it was okay to use the “circular file”.


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