Richard Bell's Wild West Yorkshire nature diary
17th December, 2006
THE INK is so free-flowing: a disadvantage with a slow, detailed drawing but helpful if you're trying to keep the drawing flowing and animated.
My new calligraphy pen gives the graphic line that I'm after for my sketch-maps but when I draw the pine cone I find that the ink starts flowing so freely that the line goes blotty and soaks into the cartridge paper of my sketchbook.
Drawing on a piece of scrap laser copy paper (left) gives a better result.
I think it's important to keep the pen moving so the flow of ink doesn't build up.
John Welding gives me a copy of the sketchbook format catalogue of his latest exhibition; an ambitious project which involved him drawing at the big shopping centre in Milton Keynes, his hometown.
His two weeks as artist in residence culminated in an exhibition - in the form of a kind of comic strip account of his experiences, drawn directly on the White Wall art space in the centre.
The exhibition continues into the new year, so catch it if you can. The catalogue is a real collectors item with an introduction by animator Tim Searle and a contribution by storyteller Philippa Tipper. And lots of lovely drawings by John. More details at:
As well as shoppers and stalls there are drawings of buildings, trees and birds including this sparrow that 'looked at me all funny'.
I know that look.