A Whimsical Shell

A few weeks ago, I had created a quick sketch of a shell. It was sitting in my art journal waiting for me to apply some color. Today, I finally got around to painting this shell with some bright and happy colors. This is what I came up with:

My colorful pen and ink wash sketch

I started with this pencil sketch. Notice my pencil lines are too dark.

My rough pencil sketch.

Once the sketch was complete, I used my Preppy with Carbon ink and created a few permanent lines to represent some dark areas. I used my kneaded eraser to gently remove some of my pencil lines.

Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures while I was applying the layers of colored inks.

Here’s the final results:

Look at all the lovely shimmering particles!

Several of my pen friends have mentioned that this colorful whimsical artwork has brought some joy in their lives during their days of gray skies and mounds of snow. I hope the happy colors are doing the same for you. Maybe just a little?

Pens: TWSBI GOs with Stub 1.1 and Platinum Prefountes with 03 Medium nibs

Inks: Jacques Herbin Vert Atlantide. Robert Oster Rose Gold Antiqua, Heart of Gold, Sydney Lavender, Saguaro Green, Melon Tea, and Thunderstorm

Journal: Stillman & Birn Beta

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