Wash & Ink Sketch - Invisible Armed Man

I call this a 'Wash & Ink' sketch rather than an Ink & Wash because the wash very much influences what the ink sketch becomes. I first lay down some colour and let it dry. After a staring at it for a while, the drawing then reveals itself within the shapes of the overlapping colours. Then I bring the story to life with ink pen.

The story: No one has ever been seen touching the elusive Clydesdale Gorelop so it seems iconic that here I capture the invisible armed man tentatively touching the animal’s tail. Keeping the myth alive the bearded leaf back man has no hands to prove his claim.

 The final sketch. Watercolour and Ink pen on paper, A5.

The final sketch. Watercolour and Ink pen on paper, A5.