Ink Wash Drawings

Cross Bronx Expressway II, ink wash on paper, 9x4 in.

Cross Bronx Expressway II, ink wash on paper, 9x4 in.

Ink wash drawings are a great way to practice drawing with a brush. It forces you to be much looser. I did this one with a 1/8″ angled flat brush, my favorite type of brush, the only other kind I use are brights, which are short flat brushes. With these types of drawing, I block in the forms in 3 or 4 values by adding water to the ink to make it lighter. You can also layer washes one on top of each other to create some nice transparent effects. I like the way these types of drawings force you to concentrate on the big forms and forget the details. You can say so much with so little…

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