Step 3 old Tractor Ink Drawing

I thought the outline of distant foliage behind the tractor shape was distracting, so I began to layer crosshatch to fill in the negative spaces created in the background.  At this point two layers of parallel ink lines have been added to darken these spaces.  More to go.  This is tedious work, and takes a […]

Step 2 Ink Drawing of Wasilla Tractor

At this stage I have three layers of parallel ink lines in crosshatch in the dark shadow areas and background of the drawing.  I’ve begun the fourth layer using diagonal lines.  You can see the partially completed fourth layer of crosshatch above the steering wheel.  Each layer creates a darker value, and I decided I […]

Ink Drawing of an ancient Wasilla Tractor

One of my favorite places to find old vehicles is the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry in Wasilla, Alaska.  I think this is such a cool place that I arranged a field trip for an art class for student research one year, that was graciously hosted by museum chief volunteer and good friend, Faye […]

Four Ink Drawings of Old Vehicles

Here is the recently completed series of four old vehicles sketched with pen and ink from my research in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska.  A very enjoyable project and walk down memory lane.  Top left “Truck near Strelna” ink drawing 10″ x 14″, top right “Coupe at Chitina” ink drawing 10″ x 14″, lower […]

Finished Ink Drawing; Truck near Strelna, Alaska

“Truck near Strelna” ink drawing 10″ x 14″ ©Gail Niebrugge This ends my series at the moment, of old vehicles found in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska.  Over the last 30 years I’ve painted and sketched a great many of these ancient autos, and enjoyed not only the research in the field, but completing […]

Ink Drawing; Truck near Strelna, Alaska

Pencil sketch and beginning ink drawing of an abandoned truck along the McCarthy Road in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, near Strelna, Alaska.  I found this oldie tucked away in the willows just off the road during spring break-up, it would be quite hidden once the leaves returned in the summer.  I’m beginning this drawing […]

Ink Drawing of an old Coupe at Chitina, Alaska

“Coupe at Chitina” ink drawing 10″x 14″ ©Gail Niebrugge During one of my explorations for forgotton vehicles along the backroads of the Wrangell-St. Elias region of Alaska I found this relic stashed in the willows near Town Lake, Chitina, Alaska.  During the dense vegetation of summer this old car is virtually invisible, but during spring […]

Ink Drawings; two old Alaska Trucks

Here are the two pen and ink drawings I’ve completed so far, these old trucks are hidden away in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska.  The larger drawing is the truck at May Creek, a roadless wilderness outpost for the national park.  During the late 1930’s during the mining era in this region a railroad […]

Finished Drawing; “Nugget Creek Truck”

“Nugget Creek Truck” pen and ink drawing 10″x 14″ ©Gail Niebrugge Here is the finished ink drawing of the truck at Nugget Creek, Alaska, in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.  Love the bullet holes in the window glass, the rope on the front bumper tied to the rock, and the rear wheel axle propped up […]

Partially Inked Drawing of the Old Truck

Here is the partially inked drawing of the truck we found along the Nugget Creek trail in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska.  I’m using many layers of tiny parallel lines in the cross hatch technique to achieve values.  This drawing is smaller than the last one, so I’m using my #1 nib on the […]

Another drawing ready to ink

Here is another old truck from my reference material on ancient vehicles in the Copper River Basin, Alaska.  We found this beauty during a week exploring the Nugget Creek Trail on our ATV’s.  It was an amazing trip, we had the keys to an astounding cabin that was perched on a narrow ridge with sheer […]

May Creek Truck ink drawing Finished

“May Creek Truck” 16″x20″ ink drawing ©Gail Niebrugge After a few days of inking parallel lines, cross hatch and a few dots of stipple I proclaim the drawing “May Creek Truck” is finished!  This was great fun.  I love the bullet holes in the windshields and noticed the absence of any headlights.  The #1 nib […]

Begin Ink Drawing; May Creek Truck

At this stage I begin drawing hundreds of free-hand parallel lines crossing them with more lines to create values in black and white.  I’m working from the darkest shadows and will leave the paper white for the lightest values.  I was disappointed when resurrecting my ancient Rapidograph pens to find my favorite nib, #2, was […]

Pencil Sketch for Ink; May Creek Truck

I’m in the mood to break out the old Rapidograph ink pens and do some drawing.  I have accumulated a thick file of research on the ancient vehicles scattered about the Copper River Basin in the Wrangell-St. Elias wilderness Alaska.  Few roads exist in this area and through the years folks kept using trucks and […]

Ink Drawing of Copper Center Lodge

“Copper Center Lodge” pen and ink drawing by Gail Niebrugge, Sold. Limited edition prints Sold Out. This historic road house is still in operation today in Copper Center, Wrangell-St. Elias region of Alaska. Many years ago I did a series of pen and ink drawings of historic road houses and artifacts. They were made into […]

Pen and Ink Drawing of Woodstove

“Coppess Stove Co.” original drawing with pen and ink, and ink wash by Gail Niebrugge, Sold. This hand-made wood burning stove in a remote cabin in the Wrangell Mountains was a good subject to sketch while staying indoors one blustery cold morning. It even boasted a hand-made plaque engraved with the name of the builder. […]

Ink and Watercolor Drawing Inside Cabin

“Al’s Kitchen” original pen and ink drawing with watercolor by Gail Niebrugge, Sold. Sketching still life subjects inside on location during inclement weather is a good way to pass the time and sharpen your drawing skills. I painted this piece while staying in a remote cabin in the Chugach Mountains in the Wrangell-St. Elias National […]

Log Cabin Pen and Ink Drawing

Original pen and ink drawing “Alaskan Gingerbread” by Gail Niebrugge, Sold. I rarely sketch or paint plein air today, but in my early years in the Wrangell-St. Elias region of Alaska, I enjoyed drawing and painting on location. I made this ink drawing in the fall when temperatures hovered near freezing and the water on […]

Ink Drawing of a Bear Carving

“Big Bear and Raven” original ink drawing by Gail Niebrugge, to purchase original call for price and availability. Homer, Alaska, is host to a number of wood carvers. Some use chainsaws, others use chisels and hammer, but whatever the tools the people in town love these sculptures and they are everywhere. One of the most […]

Ink Drawing of Salty Dawg Saloon, Homer

“Salty Dawg Saloon” original pen and ink drawing by Gail Niebrugge, to purchase original call for price and availability. Another small original pen and ink drawing for my First Friday Show in August at Homer’s Art Shop Gallery. This famous historic landmark named the Salty Dawg Saloon is located near the tip of the Homer […]

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