Nib & Ink Mark Making Still Life

By Rowan Briggs Smith

Many thanks to AccessArt Young Artist Rowan Briggs Smith for sharing these images and her process.

Ink & Nib Rowan Briggs Smith

"I was given some small sheets of textured Indian paper and I decided to create a small series of still life using ink and nib of interesting tins, bottles and cans from around the house. Because the nib is fine and the paper small I decided to concentrate on mark making, and to experiment with how I could create create drawings which explored form, pattern and typography. See this simple exercise which you could use before you make these drawings to help you explore mark making. 

Ink & Nb Still life Rowan Briggs Smith

For each drawing I started with a simple pencil sketch.

Initial sketch still life bottle

Developed sketch still life bottle

On this drawing I decided to add a single wash of colour using ink.

Colour wash still life

I then worked over the drawing with ink and nib. I liked the challenge of adding detail. I really enjoyed this stage. Each drawing probably took between 2 and 4 hours. 

Overworked with ink & nib

Overworked with ink & nib

Overworked with ink & nib

Ink & Nib Still life exploring mark making

Ink & Nib Still life exploring mark making

Ink & Nib Still life exploring mark making

In this drawing I decided to add water to the ink using a brush pen. 

Ink & Nib Still life exploring mark making using brush

Ink & Nib Still life exploring mark making

Nib & Ink

Indian Watercolour Paper


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Many thanks to accessArt Young Artist Rowan Briggs Smith

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