Monday, May 19, 2008

Vince Whitehead

Vince Whitehead, Ft. Jennings, Ohio Railroad Depot
Pen and Ink, 12" x 10"

It’s been awhile since I’ve worked much in pen and ink. But looking at Vince Whitehead’s Fort Jennings, Ohio Railroad Depot makes me want to get out my Sakura Pigma Microns, and have some fun.

Vince has posted several in-progress scans, details, and comments on this drawing on his site’s Work In Progress page. Looking at the reference photo reveals how Vince has utilized heightened contrast to sharpen and highlight elements like the depot’s windowframes, the decorative details at the gables, and even the roof’s shingles. Vince handles natural elements equally well; the trees, foliage, grasses in this drawing seem unstudied, effortless. Of course, they’re not; he just makes them look that way.

Limited-edition prints of this and many more of Vince’s drawings are available through his website.

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