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In this lesson series instructor Sheldon Borenstein shows you how to work with a variety of drawing and painting media. You will learn how the general principles of art apply equally to all media and specifically how to work with each individual medium while employing the appropriate techniques. In this video lesson Sheldon will teach you how to work with ink and wash using a fountain pen and water brush.
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of drawing and painting media. You will learn how the general principles of art apply equally to
all media and specifically how to work with each individual medium
while employing the appropriate techniques.
In this video lesson, Sheldon will teach you how to work with ink and wash
using a fountain pen and waterbrush.
left your fountain pen in your shirt and your put your shirt in your laundry? No. What the
fountain pen and wash is, the fountain pen ink is water soluble. Do not put permanent ink
in your fountain pen. You will destroy your fountain pen. They’re very delicate. The
only inks you’re allowed to use in your fountain pen are fountain pen inks.
Major brands: Waterman—great, great brand. I forgot to mention that in the last one. Waterman
is made—it’s made in Paris. It’s a French pen. I’ve got several of them. They’re
beautiful pens. There is a Waterman ink. There’s a Monteblanc ink. There’s a Pelican ink.
There’s a Crossing. These are all pens, their inks work in the pens. They won’t
destroy the pen. It’s really important. It’s like having the right oil in your car.
So that’s really important. The pen, the ink by nature has to be water soluble,
or you'll destroy your pen.
So then what we’re going to do is we’re going to have a little waterbrush, and then
we’re going to use that or a paintbrush like a watercolor brush, and we’re going
to melt the ink. I’ll have to show it to you. It’s hard to describe. So this is watercolor
and wash. No different than ink and wash, but we’re using a fountain pen when we do
it. It’s a lot of fun. You build it up. But I’ll show you how to do it. There’s
kind of some fun ways of doing it. It’ll save you a lot of frustration. Okay? So let’s
do a pen and ink fountain pen and wash.
Alright, here are our tools. This is the pen I was showing you guys. It’s a gorgeous pen.
This is a sexy pen. When you’re my age and you’ve been married as long as I’ve
been married, this is a sexy pen. My wife is sexy. She’s great. This is a waterbrush,
and it’s really fun. So let’s burn through this.
Here is going to be our flat wash. I’m drawing really small. Look, there’s my finger.
We want to make sure that we can get this done.
Just build it up.
We can do this and throw the wash on top and just lay it right on top.
Yay, flat wash. Okay, so we’ve got that.
Take it halfway.
Clean your brush. Take it from the bottom up.
Gradated wash, alright, real important.
Make sure I’m not too far over. Okay, so we’re going to go this way.
There's my core. And what you do is you just take the water and lay it on top like that
and let the water do the work.
This ink just melts. It’s really fun.
We just take this and touch it.
You can get more.
Bring out this background, dark.
Okay, box shape.
There we go.
Okay, if I want to bring out the light I go like that.
There’s your box.
Be careful with this fountain pen because it really becomes an obsession.
It's so fun and they’re so beautiful. Fountain pens, they’re just beautiful. I mean look
at this. It’s such a work of art. They’re gorgeous. I just sit and stare at them.
I have a lot of them.
There we go. Now, see how light this is? You don’t want your reflected
light to be as light as your halftone. Let’s just push that back a little bit, and then
we’ll have that tone.
Alright, let’s do our rock.
I get emails from people. Some of them get really mad at you.
You have a $400 pen, and you have a $600 pen. Actually, the $600 pen I saw in Monte
Carlo for € 1100. I bought it for $400 a long time ago.
So how do you do that?
Because I don’t play golf, okay? And I don’t own a boat. I don’t need a Porsche.
I’m happy with a Lexus.
I am very happily married to the most amazing woman on the planet with
three of the most fantastic kids, so I don’t pay alimony. Then, of course, I have a couple
kids, the best students in the world, and
then two kids that I’ve taken on as my own
that I adore, and then six other ones that I’m mentoring, and then about
200 more that I get to see every week.
And that’s how you do it.
It’s all I’ve ever done. I’ve never done anything else but art.
It kind of keeps it fun.
Playing with the negative space.
Sometimes you can do this. Watch.
Go like that and then just pull...
Oh, you didn’t set it. It’s right here. Go like this and then just pull,
you know, as if it was a palette and pull out of it and use it like watercolor.
Remember I told you if you get really good at watercolor you can apply it to other things?
If you get good at pastel you can apply it to oil. If you get at acrylic you can apply it to pastel.
They all kind of work together.
We’ll put the bushes in the background.
So you treat this like a watercolor.
Alright, so let’s get in there and start to define some detail here.
You can draw in over the form. It's fun.
Let’s throw in some texture. The audience will kind of make it work over the whole thing.
You don’t have to do it everywhere, just enough for the audience to say, oh, I get it.
So it’s kind of like a watercolor, but you’re allowed to put in these little lines like that.
[humming Pink Panther theme]
Remember guys, when you’re at home working
you’re not talking to yourself. You’re drawing.
You can go for days without speaking to a soul.
I saw a famous illustrator that I used to work with. I said what’s your favorite part
of your day? He said when the mail comes he gets to talk to the mailman.
Artists' lives are pretty reclusive. I think that’s why we like to teach so much because you can actually
get out there and meet people. You know I own my own school so I see people there and
two universities. But my favorite part is sitting in my studio alone and working.
It's what I love to do. So that’s what you just have to experience, just working.
And there you go. Wash and fountain pen.