Drawing with ink takes the precision of a master draftsman
and the skill of a watercolorist handling a fluid medium. When I was in school
I was completely captivated by the silky dark lines of one of the most famous
pen and ink artists, Aubrey Beardsley, but there are several artists working
today whose pen and ink drawing work deserves some attention, too.
Daniel Egneus is a Swedish illustrator who works with pen
and ink drawing and watercolor. He's had widespread commercial success
creating illustrations and designs for Haagen-Dasz, BMW, and Nike, among
others, so you may be familiar with his drawings. And if you aren't you'll know
them now by the way he contrasts slender line strokes and outlines with
voluminous passages of dark ink. His drawings feel more like ink sketches, with
marks that are not deliberate and end results that have an ease and flow to
them. He's also got a playful side to him, turning a girl's ponytail into a
small school of goldfish--and that's the kind of play that opens up one's
|Works by Daniel Egneus.
Matt Rota pursues his own fine art drawings while holding
down freelance work for a variety of sources including the New York Times Op-Ed
page. From images based on current news coverage to more inchoate narratives
that lead to expansive ideas as you view them, my mind never shuts off when I
look at his ink drawings. I'm always abuzz with ideas or fragmented thoughts,
attesting to his strong compositional skills and his way of creating
unconventional and sometimes alarming scenes that grab you with a strong image,
but never run away with formal concerns. His work could never be described as
"art for art's sake." Instead, the artist keeps any purely aesthetic impulse in
check to visually whisper in your ear, though never giving away too much.
|Works by Matt Rota.
I think of collapsing worlds and images when I look at the
work of Minjae Lee. He's a young South Korean artist who uses color, pattern,
and line to create images that read like slick ink paintings that combine
fantasy imagery, typography, the human face, and more. His drawings are almost
completely ornamental and the height of artifice, but my eye follows each line
almost as if I was looking at a landscape painting--that is how engaging each
passage of any one of his drawings is.
|Works by Minjae Lee.
To see more artists whose drawing or painting styles set
them apart, the Artist Daily Store is having a sale on American Artist
, and Watercolor
magazines. In the 2009 Drawing Collection CD
you'll find figure drawing expertise from Dan Gheno and James Langley, and the Winter 2007 issue of Watercolor
has Yachiyo Beck's unusual still lifes--a study in contrast to be sure. So
wait no more if you want an up-close look at these artists to learn how
they do what they do so well. Now's the time! Enjoy!
P.S. What artists working with pen and ink do you admire? Leave a message and let me know.
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