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December 9, 2017 December 9, 2017

Recently, while I’ve been creating my ATC collages, I have been itching to pick up a pencil or a paint brush. Yesterday, I finally had a lull in my volunteer activities. Inspired by the great teacher and artist Barry Combs I decided to try out three bamboo pens that I purchased several years ago. Barry recently had a post on his blog that described a drawing class he taught using reed pens (to learn more look here). I was not familiar with these pens and I think drawing with a pen is particularly unforgiving but I felt brave so I pulled out my bamboo pens and my Higgins “Black Magic” ink and began to doodle. Here are my supplies

 

Bamboo Pen Supplies

 

 

I began to draw straight lines, curved lines, to write my name, to use hatching to shade, to make shapes and to try to give them volume and shading. Each of my pens had a narrow and a broad tip and my largest pen would not fit in my ink bottle so I only have four columns of doodles. Here is my practice page. Can you tell I love to draw apples?

 

 

Bamboo Pen Practice 1

 

 

After I was warmed up I decided to try a couple of heads. I have been looking at the lovely heads done by the Renaissance artists so I decided to work with women’s heads. I have also been watching a series that takes place in Canada before World War I so I wanted to give a “heritage” look to the heads. I wanted a low bun and downcast or closed eyes. I originally wanted to give a feeling of peace or reflection. As you can see my second lady (in profile) seems to have taken on an attitude! I had tremendous trouble with shading and you can see I’ve touched up my botches with opaque white watercolor. Once I took an Ink and Wash class and am much more comfortable shading with a wash rather than hatch marks. I clearly have more work to do. It was fun and I like the physical feel of working with these pens so…more to come!

 

Bamboo Pen Practice 2