Jim O'Neil

Jim O'Neil

Posted on 03/26/2016

Photo taken on March 24, 2016



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Blue Sunday

Blue Sunday
Karen, the model, wanted this one, so she has it now.

Ink and water soluble oil pastel on 11 by 14 inch Bristol vellum paper.

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Capt Elaine
Capt Elaine
Love the bold ink lines, what did you use for those?
22 months ago.
Jim O'Neil has replied to Capt Elaine
I became enamored with lines such as these, Capt'E., working with sumi, ink hand ground from sticks, and oriental brushes.

One of the pleasures of working with sumi is that with properly ground ink and a properly loaded brush, even on highly absorbent 'rice' paper, one can take a single stroke all over and around the paper maintaining the same value/gradation throughout.

However in so far as it takes 10 to 15 minutes to grind the ink, sumi doesn't lend itself to life drawing sessions, such as where I did the above, with poses only being held for one to fifteen minutes.

So! After a lot of trial and error I found I could get close to the effect I want using sharpies.

I've used Micron, Faber-Castell and many other ink markers designed especially for art work but found the lowly Sharpie suits me needs and desires best.

The sharpie ink takes well to the Bristol vellum paper with little or no bleed through. It's also waterproof so I can take a brush to the water soluble oil pastels (the blue color in this one) and still have the sharp blacks.

Hence the short answer, Capt'E., I used Sharpies. -grin-
22 months ago.
Capt Elaine has replied to Jim O'Neil
Proof that the real trick is in the hand and eye of the artist, not the tool used to create the art.
22 months ago.