I’ve been really enjoying using ink lately (perhaps I mentioned that already?) and so I devised a new project to let me play with what for me are two of its most interesting properties: achieving a really intense black, and spreading when used wet-in-wet.
I drafted the chair (the right hand one) in pencil, then outlined it in fineliner. The next step was to make a tracing and transfer it to the other side of the paper. I spent quite a long time trying to decide whether I wanted a mirror image or not. Turns out I did. Then I grabbed my courage and went for it with the block ink using my Indian ink. It went on pretty well, considering I was using rather a small brush. Having completed the left panel, I masked out the white reflections and then flooded selected areas with water before introducing the ink carefully. For the mid-tones, I used a diluted wash of the ink.
It’s turned out to be a slightly odd picture (for me), very graphic-feeling and a bit ’60s, but I quite like it. Sometimes you’ve just got to shake things up a little.