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Water Study-Late March

Ann Dyer's avatar Ann Dyer

I am always looking for different ways to try pen and ink and this water scene presented multiple challenges to me, with the intricate highlights and reflections, as well as trying to show the transparency in some places and the smooth appearance of the water. I didn’t want it to look scratchy, as sometimes can happen with pen work, yet line work is what sets it a part from a painting, and can be interesting in it’s own way. So line work is quite visible in the rocks on the left and the plants, yet very subtle in the water, where if you look very closely lines can be seen over a solid background color. There is a lot to see in small areas like this if a person cares to look closely. How to show the plant roots and stones under the water without making them too noticeable, the cloudiness of the water in some areas and clearness in others, how the shadows of the weeds can block a reflection to allow the area under water to show more clearly, how the eddies move around with the current and around objects are a few of the things taken into consideration when doing this art piece. I use Higgins and Bombay inks. All ink is applied with Hunt and Speedball super fine pen nibs, and most colors are mixed, some diluted and some are used straight from the bottle.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 inches
  • Medium: Ink Drawing
  • Width: 24 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 18 inches