inktense on claybord

sng sparrow inktense claybrd_20140630_0001

I’ve been experimenting lately with Derwent Inktense pencils on Ampersand Claybord. This is a small illustration of a song sparrow on a 6″ x 9″ panel. (Image is 4.25″ x 6″). The Inktense  are a water soluble ink pencil, and unlike watercolor pencils, once dried a washed layer does not lift when rewetted with subsequint layers of color.

graphite study of a cherry


This is the contour drawing done with a #B pencil


Using the same #B, I rendered the light side in one  continuous tone being sure to save the high light a little bigger than I saw it. Then I used #2B to indicate the shadow side in one continuous tone, several steps darker than the light side.


This is the finished drawing. Notice that I did not lighten  the shadow side to indicate the reflected light, rather I only darkened the core shadow which makes the reflected light appear lighter than originally done.


This is what the camera saw.

drawing: apple study, light on form

apple drawing light on form

This is a photo of the subject for my drawing with the terms used to indicate the tonal steps (modeling factors) labeled.


To start, I do a careful contour drawing plus indicating the location of the high lights, terminator, and cast shadow.


Next, to save the high lights I make everything else several shades darker. For this light halftone I use a #H pencil.


Now I have made a darker mid tone to seperate the light side from the shadow side using a #HB pencil. Still only two values plus the white of the paper.


Finally,  I add the darker values indicating the pattern on the light side with a #H or HB, being careful to keep them no darker than the light tones of the shadow side. Then likewise I add the darker values, using a #HB and 2B pencil, indicating the pattern on the shadow side along with the core, occlusion, and cast shadow.


plein air watercolor toolbox



This is the small plastic box I use to hold the tools and materials for plain air watercolor painting. It’s 4.75″x6.75″x1.25″ and fits conveniently in a small messanger bag that holds the watercolor paper blocks and paint pallet.


The box holds: (top row, left to right) drafting pen for applying resist;  graphite pencils for initial drawing; assorted brushes, rounds in # 1, 3, and 5, and flats in 1/4″ and 1/2″; watercolor pencils for adding detail and texture; (bottom row, left to right) clamps for holding pallet to support; pencil sharpener; erasures; and white gouache.