"The artist...is also a born adventurer. His explorations, unlike those of a tourist, are rewarded by the discovery of beauty spots unmentioned in the guide books, and with tireless curiosity and an exceptional proneness to wonderment, he will come upon objects of remarkable interest overlooked or even shunned by more disciplined observers."

Augustus John, R.A.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Illustrations and a new print

It's been a busy week. With the 2009 Bird Club Report now published its time to start on the 2010 report. So here are the first set of drawings. All 6b Progresso Graphite Pencil with an ink wash and all 95mm x 135mm.

 Golden Plover


 Long tailed Tit



I've also started a new print which will be the cover design

 Colour 1 and the offset drawing gives the subject away.

 Colour 2
and then Colour 3


Jennifer Tetlow said...

I love these pencil and ink drawings. Do you do a light pencil sketch first, then use ink and finally define with the graphite pencil?

Stuart Brocklehurst said...

Hi Jennifer.

The drawings are pretty much as they appear in my sketchbooks. If the field sketch is the right size I will trace it out onto Cartridge paper. If not I re-draw it to the right size and then trace it onto the cartridge paper. The light tracing is then drawn over with the graphite pencil and the paper stretched. This 'softens' the pencil drawing a little before the ink wash is applied. I'll show the next set of drawings with the appropriate field sketches.