Since an exhibition of my work at ArtExpo New York in 2007, some people have had doubts that I actually drew and painted my artwork by hand. To demonstrate that the pen and ink is drawn by hand, I’ll show how to create a pen and ink 12 point design documenting the progress over the next few weeks. The 12 point design whose origins come from Arabesque or Islamic Art and Islamic Geometric Patterns, is a rather complex series of 12 point designs that are interlinked. It is drawn by pencil using a 2H pencil and a kneaded eraser on Bristol Board then inked using a 1.20mm Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph and a 45-45-90 triangle or a 30-60-90 triangle. In the photo below, some of the lines are still in pencil and some of the lines have been inked.
Create a Pen and Ink 12 Point Design – Crow Quill Pen and Rapidograph
The photo below shows the entire work of art. The pencil drawing looks OK, but inking the lines became very difficult to maintain consistency in the width of the lines. This would remain a problem to the very end.
In an attempt to draw attention away from the inconsistent thicknesses of the interlocking lines, I shaded the background with vertical lines using a crow quill pen and a Speedball 22B nib. However, this would not fix the problem (at least to my liking). (See below)
And here is the finished product:
Because of the inconsistency of my line strokes, this is definitely not the type of work that I would bring to an exhibition. It just goes to show that sometimes things don’t always go according to plan. Perhaps this 12 point design was too complex for me at this time. I will go back and attempt maybe the 6 point design which is a little simpler and make sure the lines widths and thicknesses are perfectly consistent throughout.