Friday, July 16, 2004

If you can't beat 'em join 'em

A visit to china town in Honiara, a street of traditional trade stores, no decent chinese restaurants though, lead me to what I was seeking. Sticks of traditional chinese ink. The solid sticks are hardended ink. you rub it on a suitable stone and add a little water. suddenly you have ink. they are used for traditional chinese calligraphy. using more or less water you can get delicate shades of grey... through to a solid black.. as black as a good soft graphite pencil!

my theory was to use water colour technique and washes to overcome the problems of blotchy smudging of graphite on damp paper..

chinese ink sketch of the weather coast police compound Posted by Hello

and it works a treat... have been having lots of fun building pictures around the strong shadows you get in the tropics... now a new problem has presented itself... How do you stop the paper wrinkling as it dries out... ?

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