Inks and things

Last night we were watching “Nuts” the documentary and  Game of Thrones and I had all the inks out and later the alcohol pens (less dangerous after a couple of glasses of mulled wine) and I drew these. I am now slightly worried about my sanity but quite pleased by how they turned out.


( windsor&newton indian ink, and quink inks on watercolour paper – or alcohol markers on canvass board)


Tiger Tiger (hunting in water)


Tiger Tiger (hunting in water)

I always loved this poem by Blake. Tigers are pretty magnificent (although using them as evidence of a divine being may be taking things a little far).

This is a sketch with dip pen in indian ink, then washes of different coloured inks layered on top. It’s not perfect but I like it anyway!

The Tyger
By William Blake

Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies.
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp,
Dare its deadly terrors clasp!

When the stars threw down their spears
And water’d heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger Tyger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

Here are my inks!
making of tiger

Plaster relief – painted


plaster man coloured gimped

Here’s one of the plaster reliefs I did, painted up. I did fiddle with it on GIMP a bit after I scanned it in.
Very moody!

Ink, plaster