|2/10/15 India ink, twig, Super 5 Frankfurt ink, Zig marker, Canson|
XL 140 lb. paper
After my usual Tuesday meeting in Shoreline, I meandered through a different area this morning and discovered many more hacked trees to eventually sketch. The butchering of these two trees was less obvious from the angle I took (I was parked somewhat awkwardly and perhaps illegally), but I was intrigued by the challenge: showing the vertical lines of utility poles, the horizontal and diagonal power lines and the organic lines of trees – all in monochrome.
Technical note: My Sailor pen filled with Super 5 Frankfurt ink hasn’t been getting a regular workout lately because the rain has kept me indoors, where I tend to sketch with whatever is on my desk instead of in my bag. To sketch the power lines today, I wanted a finer, more consistent line than what I could get from the twig I used on the trees, so I pulled out the pen containing Super 5. The first several strokes were dry, and it was definitely scratchy throughout. I’m beginning to doubt whether its idle time is acceptable after all. In general, the ink seems to flow more dryly than my favorite Platinum Carbon. Now that my sample’s almost gone, I’m not sure I’m going to spring for a full (pricey) bottle. I like Frankfurt’s warm gray, but I prefer wetter inks.