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Capitol pen and inked

So I’ve traveled around the world a couple of times and I like to remember where I’ve been and I’ve essentially been to Washington DC four times and I think I’d like to try to draw a few of my highlights. So essentially, here’s my version, now, I’ve taken a couple of liberties due to the size of the paper I’ve used but here you go; If I’m honest though, the Capitol building looks so much better from the inside. The fresco under the rotunda is amazing! Check this out, really, it looks fantastic:

https://www.aoc.gov/capitol-buildings/capitol-rotunda

But anyhow, here’s my attempt to draw the building by pencil itself:

I’ve tried to not make it look too much like the Riechstag…which I’ve been in as well but hey, here you go.
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Sick in hospital

So, I’ve been sat on a chair in a day unit at Southampton General Hospital today (where I probably will be tomorrow too) and all I could do was stare out a window….So I got my pen and sketched what I saw…..

Bit worried about that crack!

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Archway Islands, New Zealand

Kia Ora! Hari Mai! I love New Zealand (Aoetearoa) and loving this and using my laptop far too much has made me draw this….I hope it’s ok.


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Those crazy dots (Stippling)

Hey, so I really liked the look of the technique known as stippling….using dots to describe light and dark areas. It’s really interesting to me as I have a couple of degrees in IT and, of course, printers and imagery are judged by “dots per inch”. So I thought I’d continue working on this as I’ve seen skyline pictures I’ve drawn and thought “bugger, stippling would be perfect for that! So I’ve included a few of my notes which might come in handy.

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Ancient medieval bargate with a gruesome history

So I woke early this morning and did a quick doodle in pen and pencil of my city, Southampton’s. medieval, grade I list building, which was once the main entrance to the city….or the old walls as they are now called. Either way, as happens and is called progress, Southampton has expanded incredibly since it’s time of construction, taking in the former leper colony outside the gates and now classed as the city’s civic centre, the Marylands and then the Marlands, in which stands a 1920’s guildhall, former police station and clock tower which all replace the Bargate for usage.

Anyhow, I just fancied drawing it in a mixed media way with both pen and pencil so here it is:

The medieval bargate in Southampton
And here is a link to the building’s wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bargate
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Iceman Michael Jones pen and ink

Kia Ora! So have you been to New Zealand? If not, why the devil not? Go! It’s beautiful!…Seriously, I love the place and return as often as I can and whenever I’m in Auckland, I stay in Mount Eden near the All Backs home stadium of Eden Park. Now, outside the ground there are loads of statues and sculptures but one always catches my attention. It’s of Michael Jones almost defying gravity by flying through the air to grab the ball…which is amazing….and…well….I have a new thin pen so I thought I’d try a quick pen and ink of him….

Please excuse my notes but they just help me to remember

Here’s what it actually looks like

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Shading complex colours

Hey, so it’s New Year’s day and I thought I’d start as I meant to go on with a bit of a practice at shading. For this I decided to start with some basic shapes and then try some more complex body forms like an arm. So here is my notes for this morning. They might be useful for someone looking at shaded areas, mid-tones and light. I drew this in pencil simply because I couldn’t find my pen but it’s all cool.

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Good Morning 2019!

Hi everyone so I did decide to ink in the sound II sculpture and I think it looks a lot better to be honest. It’s also prompted me to work a bit on my cross contour lines using pen and I’ll insert both below to show you what I mean.

I think it looks better than the rough pencil sketch anyhow.

And this led me to think about cross contours with pen and ink and my notes (along with an ear example, I’ve included below:

As you can see, I did a few notes initially in pencil and then some in pen but I’ll think I’ll continue working on this as cross-contour lines are really important in drawing.
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Mangatini stream pen and ink sketch

So I was a bit bored this afternoon and did a few sketches. Now, I think New Zealand is amazing and would happily spend weeks looking at both islands but at the moment I’m just content drawing from my photos and well? I wanted to draw a stream with a waterfall as well as rocks and lots of fauna and this seemed perfect.

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Playing with waterfalls

So I intend to track my adventures in drawing; be it pen and ink, pencil, watercolour or any other type of mixed media and I’ve been practising a few things to work on my landcape drawings and for a start I’ve been working on waterfalls as you can see below as well as trees.

Please excuse my notes but it helps me remember.
Bit lighter but the technique to draw trees in pen is wonderfully simplistic but the results look pretty good.