20180909 Goddess of Mercy Temple, Pitt Street, Penang

Size: 28 x 76 cm
Media: Chinese ink & watercolour on paper

This sketch was done with bamboo pen instead of twig pen with Chinese ink on watercolour paper. The bamboo pen is bought from art material shop but i sharpened one side of the nib to very thin like a mini size oil painting knife. It’s the same method as how i sharpen my twig pen (like i always show in the workshop). Bamboo pen is harder compare to twig pen and produced thinner and more solid lines. I love to work with more details recently and this bamboo pen is ideal to work with. I also DIY some bamboo pens using old broken Chinese painting brushes.

The Chinese ink used for the sketch also not the brand which i normally use. The type i tried this time is “Sumi Drawing Ink” that i get from DAISO, it’s also water proof after completely dry on paper. I added watercolour wash as you can see in the final sketch.

2 thoughts on “20180909 Goddess of Mercy Temple, Pitt Street, Penang

  1. Hello Kiah, first of all I would like to thank you for your inspiration. Because I liked your pictures so much, I dealt intensively with the technology. It took a long time before I got a reasonably easy stroke. Even today, my “European accuracy” often bothers me. But I can say that the confrontation with your art has brought me much further. Unfortunately, the Chinese ink that I use is never completely waterproof, so that the black of watercolor always dissolves too much. I have now ordered the ink you use and hope that it is better suited. For drawing, I use the branches of hazelnut, which are pretty hard. But I know bamboo feathers and coil springs from earlier works.
    Kind regards from Rolf Hofmann from Weimar in Thuringia, Germany.
    Please excuse the bad english, i use the google translator …

  2. Hi Rolf, maybe you can try to work on different type of paper, preferably with more cotton type of paper. I used Saunders Waterford most of the time.

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