An Unexpected View (+ Ink)

I added ink to the original pencil drawing. I wasn’t sure how to deal with the complex lines of the trees – if I were to draw them all with pen, they would have overshadowed the church. So I tried wash and exaggerated the contrast. The moleskin paper was too thin to take the heavy wash but I was happy with the depth from the wash. The drawing started unexpected anyway.

Sketched on site. Pen and wash afterwards. YK 2019.

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6 thoughts on “An Unexpected View (+ Ink)”

    1. Thank you, Claudia. It’s interesting that it reminded you of Japanese ink drawings. Are there specific ones you had in mind? While I think Japanese drawings are best known in Western countries, all East Asian ink drawings/paintings (Chinese, Korean, and Japanese) are very similar in style and as a Korean, I would be hard-pressed to tell the difference.

      That said, to me the style of this piece looks more similar to some children’s book illustrators’ like Quentin Blake’s, because in this piece, outlines are drawn with pen and colors are applied separately (albeit in the same color) with little sense of individual strokes, whereas in East Asian drawings/paintings there’s little distinction between outlines and coloring, where both are drawn with brushstrokes with varying thickness.


      1. I think I was thinking more of the feel than of the technique – I know nothing about Japanese illustrations but I often see them at a museum near me – they often seem to have an selection in a certain hallway and I love looking at them. I see what you mean about the illustrations – thinking about it, I am reminded of how children’s books were illustrated when I was young – maybe two-three colors and the white page – due to printing technology of the time. I really like this look and I hope to see more of your work in this vein. And it makes me think about doing some myself this way, or trying it, anyway.

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      2. I see. I like seeing paintings/drawings done in both techniques. I recommend it – it’s fun and spontaneous and necessarily scary as well. Although there are formidable precedents such as Blake’s, I guess the point is each of us to find our own little way.

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