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 clogged beyond saving.  They have to be thoroughly cleaned after each use or the India ink will dry inside and freeze the moving parts and stop the flow.  Sometimes while working on a drawing I’ll be interrupted and not return for several days and if I’ve not taken the time to clean the pens, they are ruined.

So, this drawing is being inked with the fatter #3, which is o.k. for now because it is rather large (16″x20″).  The #1 is quite slim, but will work for some detail.  I must remember to order a new #2 as soon as possible.  Once I begin an ink drawing I’m obsessed and find it hard to stop.  I enjoy ink drawing, it is a nice break from the slow tedious pointillism painting, I can complete a drawing in several days compared to many weeks for a painting of the same size.  The May Creek Truck is coming to life!

Gail Niebrugge, Alaska artist

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  1. bunny fred northcutt says

    LOVE,LOVE,LOVE all the paintings,Ink, dots your home new Kitchen..Its all Awsome <3 <3

  2. Thank you Bunny!

  3. Gail I still think it would be nice if you did a series in a frame with how you start .. beginning middle end..people would like it.. It is so awesome on how you do it.. 🙂

  4. Thank you Bunny, you are so sweet and supportive.

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