Traditional Pen & Ink: sketching Banksia (days 1-3)

August 26, 2011

Banksias and grevilleas herald the arrival of early Spring. First spread of a 16-page handbound (A5, landscape) book devoted to daily drawing of different aspects of banksia: seedpods, leaves, twigs. I can’t say, at this stage, whether it will be exclusively pen and ink and/or without any use of colour. I’ve started using hatching to denote the outer green face of leaves (the inner face is cream with an orange-brown vein line) and so far I’m using just contour, hatching, cross-hatching and stippling, a Staedtler Fineliner 0.1 pen. So far the specimens are in a semi-dried state, lacking the soft bright green of the freshly-alive flowering seedpod. Tackling the small seeds is a long-term task.

 I’ll be undertaking my own investigations before referring to how others have tackled the subject. Just about every Australian artist has tackled them!

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