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Demo April 2017 - John Harrison

Demo Evening ReportsPosted by Maggie Goodsell Wed, April 12, 2017 11:36AM
Demonstration 4th April 2017 - John Harrison, Line & Wash

report by Maggie Goodsell

John started by telling us a bit about his background. He said that he had drawn since he was old enough to hold a pencil but then went on to become a professional drummer, retrained as a graphic designer & spent many years running a design & illustration business before becoming a professional artist.

John did a quick pencil sketch before doing a more detailed pen drawing. He said that other than for demos he prefers to go straight in with pen. He uses Unipin Fineliners 0.1 - 0.8 on Saunders Waterford 300g rough paper. He likes the rough texture as the pen produces less well defined lines.

Pen detailing on the wall. Apologies for the quality of some of the photos - as John works flat I had to take some from the screen & there was a strong cast shadow from the camera.

More pen work - John said he regards his style as 'pen with paint ' rather than painting.

Using a squirrel mop & working wet in wet John painted a cobalt blue sky and the foreground vegetation.

Working wet in wet on the house - dropping in odd colours to suggest the stonework.

Work in progress - you can see how fine the nib of the pen is. John carried on painting through the tea break with a fair crowd round him - fortunately nothing was spilled !!

The finished picture. John said that he would look at it another day to see what else needed doing.

An entertaining & informative demonstration from John.

John's Tips

Waterproof ink will move if not completely dry when water is added - this can give some nice effects.

Paynes Grey is a good colour for shadows, especially the makes that are more blue than grey

Always carry (& use) a sketchbook - John brought along several of his to show us and said that so many people asked if they were for sale he produced a book of his sketches.