Status update — So much ink

I’ve been neglecting this blog lately and I sincerly apologzie to my loyal readers. But I haven’t beem slacking off. Quite the opposite.

The short version is that I’ve been doing most of my writing in longhand and staying away from the keyboard. This also means I haven’t had much to share. Mostly it’s just been me and the cat fighting over desk space (she’s pushy and likes to play with my pens). With nothing new to report, blogging becomes an easy task to ignore.

Since I’m overdue for post, I thought I’d update you on what I’m working on.

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Fake Art School: 002 Elements, Values

Fake Art School is my attempt at learning from the old masters using primary sources freely available on the internet. Download the book from the link below and join in! Discuss and share your work on Twitter.

Textbook: Elements of pen-and-ink rendering
Assignment: §1 pp. 2-6, Values (PDF pp. 20-24)


Chapter Overview

Value was touched on in the introduction. This chapter give more detail and some exercises to do. We start with two simple drawings that show values being used in different ways.

Values, fig. 1 & fig. 2.
Values, fig. 1 & fig. 2.

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Fake Art School: 001 Elements, Introduction

Fake Art School is my attempt at learning from the old masters using primary sources freely available on the internet. Download the book from the link below and join in! Discuss and share your work on Twitter.

Textbook: Elements of pen-and-ink rendering
Assignment: §1 pp. 1-2, Introduction (PDF pp. 19-20)


Chapter Overview

The introduction to this section is short and to the point. But it also provides definitions of the major concepts discussed.

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Fake Art School: 000 The Beginning

This is an experiment, something I’m calling Fake Art School. The name is to poke a little fun at how art education has gone from an apprenticeship to a pay-your-money-get-your-degree system. It’s also a way to organize a series of upcoming articles about going back to basics using old instruction books.

Use the Fake Art School page to quickly find all these articles.

Digging around in the Internet Archive, I ran across several books on pen and ink drawing:

The third book, Elements, seems to be a grouping of several related texts. It covers pen, brush, watercolors, and nature and life drawing. It’s also a hefty tome weighing in at 652 pages.

Book listing
Book listing

So my plan is to work through these old books and write a series of articles along the way. I’ll be starting with Elements. To follow along, download your own copy using the links above.

80 in 80: Week Six Drawings

As promised, here’s the results of the sixth week of my 80 Drawings in 80 Days challenge. This covers pages 36-42, drawn Sep 14-20.

Here’s the drawings from this past week. (I’m a couple days late on this one, sorry.)

Monday:

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80 in 80: Week Five Drawings

As promised, here’s the results of the fifth week of my 80 Drawings in 80 Days challenge. This covers pages 29-35, drawn Sep 7-13.

Here’s the drawings from this past week. (I’m back-dating this post because I totally forgot to keep the weekly posts updated!)

Monday:

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80 in 80: What I’ve Learned In 30 Days of Making Art Every Day

So I’ve been doing a daily drawing for thirty days now. I posted the 30th last night.

That’s thirty down and fifty(!) to go for those keeping track.

I’ve posted each one to Instagram, and I’ve managed to not miss a day. There’s been a few days when I really didn’t want to open up the pens. But I did anyway. The drawing might have been simpler than I would’ve liked, but I got it done.

I’ve also learned a few things about my work habits, and what it takes to make pen & ink art every day.

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80 in 80: Week Four Drawings

As promised, here’s the results of the fourth week of my 80 Drawings in 80 Days challenge. This covers pages 22-28, drawn Aug 31-Sep 6.

Almost half done!

This week I experimented with a Rotring ArtPen. It’s a quill pen styled fountain pen that handles well. But I found it’s line is a bit thick. For an extra fine tip, the line is the same as my #1 (0.5mm) Rapidograph, and using the back of the nib is still thicker than the #0 (0.35) Rapidograph. For a lot of the thin crosshatching, that’s still too thick. I really wanted to like it, as I have some doubts about how well Rapidographs will take being carted around in a pen case. So I sent it back to Amazon.

I currently have a Platinum Preppy (Extra Fine) on order along with some of their famous Carbon ink. I’m hoping it’s 0.2mm tip writes like my #000 (0.25mm) Rapidograph, and the back of the nib does a true hairline.

The reason for this experimentation is to put together a compact travel drawing kit. Once I have the parts finalized, I’ll put together a post detailing what I have.

Here’s the drawings from this past week.

Monday:

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80 in 80: Week Three Drawings

As promised, here’s the results of the third week of my 80 Drawings in 80 Days challenge. This covers pages 15-21, drawn Aug 24-30.

Monday:

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