Sunday, October 14, 2012

Loving pen and wash

This is what I came away with after yesterday's pen and wash workshop with Alan Rawady:

Workshops can be hit and miss but this one was a huge hit. I discovered so many techniques that were new to me and I also realised just how much I love using a pen/ink. And the effect of a wash is just beautiful. I don't have huge control over this technique at the moment but I'm determined to improve.

One of the simplest tips I picked up was to use one of those cheap Pilot pens you get from the newsagent (or I suppose you could use Artline, which is my favourite writing pen, or any felt-tip you like) and creating a wash with a wet brush on top of the drawing (because it's not a waterproof ink). Simple. Brilliant. So perfect for sketching on the go.


Alan Rawady is in his 70's and supposedly retired, but he teaches regular art classes and shows no sign of slowing down. Having started painting at age 8, I don't think anything's going to stop him now! It was magic watching him work. And not only is he a talented artist, but a supreme teacher. How lucky I was to take this class. The day was made even more fabulous by having my mum there doing the workshop with me.

Now, off I go to practice those new techniques before I forget them!