Fountain pen drawings

Pardon me for posting so many at one shot. This is to request comments and suggestions from Line drawing dadas - Balaji, Anwar, Skarveti and others

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Comment by Anwar on September 21, 2014 at 8:29pm

I think I am not capable to give suggestions, but I can't stop to appreciate your works sir. They are great!

Comment by paranirajan on August 21, 2013 at 4:19pm


Comment by J L Anil Kumar on March 31, 2013 at 1:53pm

Thanks for the comments and the for your time Skarveti!

Even though I have not seen many gesture drawings from you (non?) one who has worked as much as you have with line, I was sure, will have something important to say and I was not wrong!

I will look again at the works of the dadas again and absorb. 

This is not a new found passion really. This kind of work has always fascinated me. I did not have the skill or the dating to try! :) Once in a while I would do:

Comment by Suma Karveti on March 30, 2013 at 10:49pm
Wow Anil! These are beautiful sketches! I am really inspired by these sketches! I have been wanting to use a fountain pen for a long time. After seeing these sketches, I am really looking seriously into investing in a good fountain pen!
Again I am honored to be in the list of "dadas", but I think I am not qualified enough to comment on guesture drawing.
In general I would like to suggest you to explore different hatching techniques to make it a true ink rendering. The color washes can be laid on to a minimum later. (Using waterproof ink liners can help if you want to add watercolor washes later). As mentioned by Balaji sir, brush pens can really add to the variety of line work you can achieve. However, I would stick with practising hatches initally with pigment liners (sakura or steadler, both equally good)

Good luck with your new found passion! Keep inspiring us with your good work!
Comment by J L Anil Kumar on March 30, 2013 at 10:28pm

Thanks a lot for your very helpful suggestions, and incisive observations! The whole idea of asking for comments and suggestions was to take my line drawings further. I will try all that you have suggested!

Many thanks Balaji!

Comment by Balaji Venugopal on March 30, 2013 at 5:54pm

Anil...I am very tickled to be called a "dada" at something and also placed in such august company.

I have been admiring very many of your drawings for quite some time but of late I have not found sufficient time to comment on them. I really do not think that I am qualified to offer you suggestions, but perhaps this is your way of getting a discussion going on pen & ink sketching. I will take it in that spirit and respond.

The bunch of sketches that you have uploaded today all stand out for the bold and flowing lines in all of them. If your intent was only to do outline drawings I think these are all very nicely done (though there are some small blemishes - like the arm that is crossing over in the small image at the bottom, or the scale of the right arm of the dancing lady). In almost every sketch that you have done (and I am including the others that you have uploaded today) you have caught the gesture beautifully and in some of them even the expression on the faces so very well. If that was the primary objective of the sketches then there are no further comments from me.

If your aim was to take it a little further in pen and ink itself I would suggest varying the line thickness a little more than you have done in these sketches. You could do this by using a variety of nibs or pens, or by using a pen with a flex nib which would allow you to vary the line thickness, or by using a brush pen.

And, you could also vary the tone a lot more (again, only if you wanted to take your sketch even further) within the sketch with lines and/or cross hatching as you have done in the figure of the dancing lady.

Once again my compliments to you on a whole bunch of very attractive and fluid line sketches.

Comment by J L Anil Kumar on March 30, 2013 at 5:13pm
Thanks Sarat
Comment by sarat chandra on March 30, 2013 at 4:55pm




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