Drawing in pen & ink :: Dessiner à la plume & encre

Whatever deserves to exist, deserves to be known.
— Francis Bacon

I am presently following a course Drawing in pen & ink with Jennifer Schuler and it feels so good to be learning a new medium! I love taking art classes! I have learnt that India Ink has a glossy effect and is waterproof while Chinese Ink has a matte effect and is not waterproof. We are using Chinese ink. Yesterday we did a few abstract shapes to get used to the feeling of the ink on paper, then play with a light grey wash and draw with twigs and a bamboo shoot a white object looking at the highlights, mid-tones and shadows. Today we looked at the negative space in a painting and we actually went out in the museum to paint some sculptures… of course I chose a tree! We also did another sculpture that was quite interesting to do, but I did not have the time to finish it. By looking at the negative space this means that if two objects are in front of each other, the closest object will not be drawn as it is only the outside shapes (not the inside ones) that can be used. Quite an interesting exercise -)

Je suis un cours nommé Drawing in pen & ink avec Jennifer Schuler et j’adore apprendre à peindre avec un nouveau médium! J’ai appris que du India Ink est reluisant et à l’épreuve de l’eau tandis que l’Encre de Chine est matte et pas à l’épreuve de l’eau. Hier nous avons appris à jouer avec l’encre et l’eau et faire des lavis en peignant un objet blanc et regardant les clairs-obscurs. Aujourd’hui nous avons regardé les espaces négatifs et nous avons peint dans le musée certaines sculpture qui étaient là…. et devinez? J’ai choisi un arbre sculté! En regardant les espaces négatifs, nous regardons le contour des objets et si deux objets sont un en-avant de l’autre, bien l’intérieur de l’objet qui est devant va disparaître. Un petit peu difficile à expliquer en mots… Un exercice très intéressant -)

Paper: Canson HP 9″x12″
Ink: Pigma Micron 005 black
Location: Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal

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About Jane Hannah

Canadian graphic artist, painter, sketcher, typographer, calligrapher and teacher at Cégep John Abbott College in Québec, Canada. Jane Hannah also has a website for her students at www.gimligraphics.com and a main blog at www.janehannah.com. She is also part of the Montreal Urban Sketchers.
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