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Tuesday, January 09, 2018

No Hunting this Morning Sketches

The January Challenge in the Southwest and Western forum is on.  I thought I should do a sketch or painting, I am the host after all.  The old car called to me.

I planned an ink sketch with a touch of watercolor.  The sketch is in a watercolor sketchbook that is about 7 x 10 inches.  I did the ink sketch with the new Pilot fountain pen.  When I touched it with watercolor the ink bled.  I hadn't thought about that because I've been using the marker pens for so long.  It wasn't the look I had planned, but watercolor is sort of that way on its own.  It took about 40 minutes.

The bleeding ink prompted me to try another portrait in the Notorious Wild West Outlaws forum on wetcanvas.  It has been more interesting than I expected.  I think folks have made heros out of bad guys.  I sketched Pat Garrett and James Arness for Marshall Dillon on Gunsmoke.  We have also had a wolf, Yosemite Sam, and some of the mobster sketches, so semi good guys are OK. 

Bat Masterson wore many hats:  gambler, lawman, reporter, bad guy and more.  So much on Wikipedia I didn't even try to write much.  The photo I used was from Wikipedia not from the TV show where he usually carried a cane.

This sketch is in the big coffee table book done with the Pilot fountain pen with a touch of water.  I liked the bleed for black and white, with some effort it could look like a newspaper photo.  Good practice for my "portrait" world where I only dabble.

Gene is at lunch with some old work friends so I will now carry on with my procrastination mentioned in a previous post.......TV time and lunch.


Jennifer Rose said...

the bleed effect looks great with the colours :D

Jo Castillo said...

Thanks, Jennifer Rose. Bleeding ink can be a good effect and better if you know about it. Ha.

Bag Blog said...

I love the old car and Bat Masterson. Years ago at a garage sale I bought a box of old West Magazines. They had great stories, but really great old photos. I used to draw from them all the time - when I was younger.

Jo Castillo said...

Bag Blog, that was a good idea for you. I bet it helped with your portrait work, you are so good. I don't really have any desire to do portraits, but it is good practice for any other drawing.

Joan Tavolott said...

Sometimes when the ink runs you get unexpected surprises...some good and some not so good. The truck came out nice! I don't know where time has been going. I haven't been visiting blogs quite as often. I think I'm researching our future travels too much. lol

Jo Castillo said...

Sometimes arranging travel is most important, Joan. Thanks for stopping in when you can. Hugs.

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I Grew up in a small town , Magdalena, New Mexico. I enjoy art and the pleasure other people get from my work. I always donate some of my sales and art to charities, especially for children. That started in Bolivia with Para los Niños. (Link on sidebar) "I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns." -- Winston Churchill


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