Entrance I, 2012
Ink and watercolor on paper
6 x 4 1/2 inches
© 2012 Susan M. Lohse. All rights reserved.
Recently, I’ve been researching pen and ink artists and their techniques more intently. As part of my studies, I re-read a free e-book from Artist Daily: Pen and Ink Drawing Techniques: Drawing with Ink to Create Art with Strong Contrast and Surprising Subtlety.
The e-book offers a great deal of insight into how different techniques render different results. Especially helpful is the explanation about the difference between the European and American pen and ink traditions.
Pen and Ink Drawing Techniques gives examples of each of these styles, but there are two contemporary artists I study that illustrate the difference, as well: Nicole Wong usually follows the American tradition, where her hatch marks run along the form to suggest volume. Tommy Kane follows the European tradition, where he uses hatching and crosshatching around the form to model his images.
While I’m an admirer of the European tradition, I’m drawn to the light, fresh and (deceptively) simple look of the American tradition. Neither style is better than the other, of course. Whichever one an artist chooses to use depends on personal preference and the results he or she wants to achieve.
I highly recommend the Pen and Ink e-book. To download a copy for yourself, you’ll need to register at Artist Daily, but it’s free, painless, and you’ll have additional access to information that will enhance your practice and knowledge of art.