Monday, September 23, 2013

Getting in touch with my inner Robinson

As I mentioned in my last post, the current book illustration has been a tricky one. As I wrestle with my starship décor, I took some time out to freshen my mind with some pen and ink practice. William Heath Robinson (1872 –1944) is one of my favorite Golden Age illustrators and a master of pen & ink. Copying his work, sometimes using a magnifying glass to study the marks he made, is quite useful. Here are some of my sample pages. All were drawn freehand and many without any pencil, just picking up the pen and going for it. All were done with Noodler’s flex pens and Pitt brush pens in a Stillman & Birn Epsilon sketchbook.

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