Derwent Inktense blocks and mixed media - The Crowns at Botallack, Cornwall
The Crowns, Inktense blocks, ink and coloured pencil sketch, approx 9 x 6.5 inches
I've been given a set of Inktense blocks and wanted to have a play, see how they behave and what they can do. I've got about 6 of the Inktense pencils and like them, so I was interested to see how the blocks behaved.
I worked loosely from the charcoal sketch I did plein air and the ink sketch - using memory for the colours.
I do like the way the Inktense colours layer and their translucency - in this one I used the blocks mainly as you would watercolour pans with very little drawing with them. I think to draw with them (then use water to wash) I'd need to work A3 to have room for big gestural marks. Something I may try next. I used ink and coloured pencil (Polychromos and Lyra Rembrandt mostly) over the washes and scribbles of Inktense and the rough paper surfacew meant these flicker across, touching the high parts of the paper, missing the dips.
Definitely something to try on a larger scale where the potential could be used better.
Have you used them?