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A dry oak leaf in ink

Jul 2, 2012 | Posted by in method, work | 0

Above: Four stages in the drawing of a dried oak leaf, using ink and a brush. Click on any of the thumbnails for a closer look. For this drawing I worked from life, using an oak leaf I had found during a walk. I lit the leaf low from the side, so that I could study its veins. I first drew out the main shape and veins in pencil, and added several layers of pale wash to give the form of the leaf. Then I focused on the details in slightly darker ink wash using a magnifier on the subject, and drawing through my magnifier light. I haven’t shown these in the photographs, but you can see them in this earlier post: magnifier lights. The ink is my usual WinsorRead more …