Saturday, December 15, 2007

Drawing time

Christmas Present
Pen and ink, 7 x 5
copyright Jeanette Jobson

My internet connection at home has been sporadic over the last week or so and getting a service man out here seems to be a challenge. However, this morning someone arrived and the problem seems to be fixed - touch wood. Its amazing how much we depend on the internet connection to keep us in touch with a variety of things. Email from friends and colleagues, research, price comparison, shopping and art are just some of things that compete for attention.

The good aspect of not having access is that it enables me to work on my drawing uninterrupted by 'must dos' that always seem to be electronic. And getting sidelined into other sites and losing track of time!

Last night I sat down to watch the news and the old rocking chair across the room was filled with the remains of wrapping material from the previous day's wrapping frenzy to get a package off to my sister. The light was dim, mostly illumination was from the open kitchen door and the television, so I decided I'd tackle the wrapping chaos. I did a quick pencil sketch to establish shapes then tackled it in pen and ink. I used a Micron pen in what looks like burgundy ink but I believe its classed as sepia.

Pen and ink is a little daunting initially to many, but I find that especially in 'busy' pictures like this one, it becomes a very forgiving medium and I enjoy the effect that can be produced with it.


vivien said...

this is a beautifully delicate drawing - lovely :)

Billie Crain said...

LOVE this, Jeanette! especially in the sepia tones. *thumbsup*

Jeanette said...

Thanks Vivien. I do enjoy reviving pen and ink now and then.

Billie, thank you. Yes the tones set the mood for the piece entirely don't they? I like that darker, almost old fashioned feel to it.

Katherine said...

I love this - well done.

I do so agree about it being forgiving. You draw a line incorrectly and think it's the end of the world and two minutes later realise how you can 'submerge' it.

Jeanette said...

Katherine I so wish I could get this concept over to those just starting in pen and ink. It would take the fear factor down tremendously.

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