Grey Inks: Day Two of One Week 100 People 2020


I’ve always loved greys in their many forms, but grey inks hold a
special fascination for me especially as I play with them with a waterbrush.
Blue-greys, purple greys, green-greys leaning into muted greyed browns.
Grey inks are better than watercolors because their peculiar chemical makeup
allows the best ones to separate into colors; I swoon!

I am working mostly with greys and muted colors in my portraits
during the #oneweek100people challenge.

Robert Oster Australian Opal Grey
appears  subtle, but hit with water
it also produces turquoise!
However, not as bright
as Robert Oster Graphite ink,
which produces bright turquoise
when a generous amount of water
is used.

Above, pencil then line work with a
Lamy Al-Star stub with  Robert Oster Australian Opal Grey ink; waterbrush produced the colors and shading.

Left, FPR Himalayan with an Ultraflex nib with Robert Oster Graphite ink, touched only a little with the waterbrush.


I love using a softer pencil in a sketch underneath greys…
Sometimes I leave the guidelines in, as in the couple kissing,
sometimes I erase most of them, as in the man with the hat.
If you had not seen the lines melt into dark purply-grey
next to the sketch above you’d never know the wild color in those lines!
I love Robert Oster Charcoal because it
behaves well for a meeting then becomes steamy when wet…
FPR Himalayan with Robert Oster Charcoal ink.

It annoys me that I still find myself frozen with fear of failure in my sketchbook.
I can turn the page — hell, I can tear it out and draw the damn thing over again but my monkey mind still gets caught.

The moody boy (gads I hate drawing babies!) was drawn with a TWSBI Eco 1.1 with Birmingham Tarnished Nickel ink… They made the most stunning grey inks — Tarnished Nickel and Slag Grey are my all time favorite greys inks.


My favorite waterproof ink isn’t black —
though I use a Platinum Carbon pen a lot for ease when sketching under watercolors.
It is Super5 Frankfurt ink, a slightly green grey.

Above, layers of waterproof Super5 Frankfurt ink
followed by Pilot Iroshizuku Kiri-same ink for shading.
I moved into the mostly muted colored inks
on the the side for the foliage behind and her tee..

The man’s head was drawn with Edison Nouveau 1.1 stub nib
with Pilot Iroshizuku Kiri-same ink.

Thank you to the photographers from
Sktchy and Pexel, named in the drawings!

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About dkatiepowellart

hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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