Again using my Speedball Acyrlic Ink and Crow Quill set, I made a drawing based off a photograph I took of a local stream. I used to do really intricate pen and ink work all the time several years ago. It was really nice to get back into it.
I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing that acrylic ink. It has been nothing but trouble with technical issues- first the false waterproofness, and now? It smudges when I erase faint pencil lines from underneath it. I was able to save what had smudged, however, I don’t want to get more of this ink once I’ve used up what I have.
Speedball Acrylic Ink is not waterproof. The packaging says that it is, however, I could easily pick up the ink with my watercolor brush after the ink had dried and I was adding color. Still, I think I managed to salvage this painting of dune grass and I am satisfied with how it turned out. I also used my speedball crow quill for this piece. My favorite part is the texture of the tree.
I also battled with the watercolor paper here, as it buckled slightly. The solution, of course, is to get a thicker watercolor paper, but I have to use up what I have for now.
Also, a little housekeeping has been done on the portfolio section of this website, so it should work more smoothly now!
A longer drawing with the Speedball Crow Quill Pen and Acrylic Ink. Not sure if/what I’ll do for color- I kinda like it as it is, plus this ink is NOT WATER FAST! This is very important to remember.
I had my little ivy houseplant next to me while drawing the whole time, and I think having such a real-word reference helps me improve. Even if I’m not drawing exactly the arrangement of leaves that was in front of me, I can see the way that ivy likes to grow and incorporate that into my drawing.
Here you can see me starting to get the hang of how to make different line weights with this particular type of pen.
Here is a second version of a mimosa tree frond (there’s a tree like this near where I live. It has little flowers like candyfloss and seed pods that make mimosa saplings grow EVERYWHERE.) This one also uses the Speedball Crow Quill and Acrylic Ink set I recently bought, and the green is with my water-based brush pens.
My first real try with my new Speedball Crow Quill and Acrylic Ink set that I recently purchased. I’ve struggled a bit with this new medium, as it’s hot where I live and the ink seems to get a film over it while it is on the nib if I so much as pause for a drink of water. Hopefully, this issue will go away as the weather cools. I added some color in with water-based brush pens I’ve had forever. This was a fun exercise.