Creating A2 drawings can be time-consuming and take weeks to complete. When I had finished my latest drawing, Fence Posts, I decided to create something smaller and simpler.


The subject for this piece is the wall and gate at the start of the Wales Coast Path at Freshwater West beach. The juxtaposition of the manmade wall and the curving shapes of the dunes and path are what attracted me to this view.


I drew my design on A4 Cartridge Paper, simplifying the subject into shapes and outlining them using FW Acrylic ink and an ink dropper. This technique produces beautiful, imperfect thick black lines. However, it can be unpredictable and not always suited to creating fine detail. Because of this, I used a Joseph Gillot Dip Pen to outline the dunes, and then a Uni-Pin fineliner pen. The lines produced by both weren't rough enough so I went over them again with my ink dropper.


The rest of the picture was filled in using a combination of zig-zag lines and stippling. Highlights were added using a White Pitt Artist Pen.


Looking down the Wales Coast Path towards Freshwater West beach revealed more fences receding into the distance. A view that would become the subject of my next pen and ink drawing.


This piece was created using a set of Cool Grey Promarkers, a Promarker Blending Pen, a Uni-Pin Fineliner, Acrylic Ink applied with an ink dropper, and Alcohol Blending Solution.


The Promarkers were used as a base layer which I manipulated with alcohol blending solution and a blending pen to add texture to the surface. I found the best way to apply the blending solution was by using an FW Mixed Media Paint Marker with a 2-3mm nib. This allowed greater control over the solution. However, because it is quite thin it had a tendency to pool when applying it. Because of this, I had to be very careful not to apply too much when working close to my outlines. Otherwise, it would bleed across them and into areas I didn't want it to go. Apart from the fence posts which were stippled using a fineliner, the entire piece was built up of layers of ink, blending solution, and more ink.


This was the first time I had used alcohol blending solution. It didn't remove the ink I applied however it was effective at manipulating it and helped transform a flat surface into one with more texture.




This A2 drawing is the first in a series exploring Freshwater West beach in Pembrokeshire. Winding its way above the beach is the Wales Coast Path. The path offers beautiful views of the beach and is backed by steep rocky fields. These fields are protected by wood and barbed wire fences, some of which have fallen into disrepair.


The inspiration for this drawing was a photo I took at the top of the path. What attracted my attention were the layers of vegetation, rock and the fence strapped to the rocks. When drawing this image I simplified those layers into abstract shapes. These shapes were outlined with FW Acrylic Ink using the dropper that comes with the small, 29.5ml ink pots. This technique creates a thick, bold line. However, you have to work quickly and confidently as you have little control over the flow of the ink.


I filled in the abstract shapes using vertical hatched lines created with a Uni-Pin Fine Liner and a Faber-Castell White Pen. Before applying the white hatched lines I used a Faber-Castell Big Brush Pen to colour in the background. The rocks were stippled using a Daler Rowney Simply Acrylic Marker. The large 2-3mm Nib makes stippling large areas relatively quick.


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