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PostSubject: Charles Russell   Sat Mar 18, 2017 11:46 am

I like the paintings of cowboy artist Charles Russell, but I LOVE his pen and ink drawings--especially the ones in his letters to friends, and especially the ones he filled in with watercolor. They are so cool, don'tcha think? They say the age of letter writing is past, and it probably is, at least until an electro-magnetic pulse wipes things out. But even more so, how about illustrated letters? Anyone do this or similar? I think these are ultra-cool (gotta stop using that word). And these aren't even good examples:



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PostSubject: Re: Charles Russell   Sat Mar 18, 2017 11:51 am

Hmm...the more I look at those the more I think they're not quite representative of exactly what I mean. The upper isn't even pen and ink, is it? Strange paucity of those letters on Google.
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PostSubject: Re: Charles Russell   Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:03 pm

Thats very cool.
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PostSubject: Re: Charles Russell   Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:39 pm

They look like gouache, pastel or maybe watercolor. Interesting though. I think the modern equivalent would be "sketchbook" art. I have a Pinterest page dedicated to sketchbook art...some of which is very cool. Of course, that form collects them all for retention by the artist...these are sent off one by one as they are finished. I love both Russell and Remington. They really captured a special time and place.

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PostSubject: Re: Charles Russell   Sat Mar 18, 2017 9:50 pm

Yout telling me that's all ink
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PostSubject: Re: Charles Russell   Sat Mar 18, 2017 9:52 pm

arkansaspiper wrote:
Yout telling me that's all ink
The one looks like watercolor paint but basically yes, there are some very talented people in the world.   A lot of comic books were and some are still drawn with a nib and holder.
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PostSubject: Re: Charles Russell   Sat Mar 18, 2017 9:59 pm

Hmm do they add water to ink to thin ink
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PostSubject: Re: Charles Russell   Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:12 pm

They do that and much more. They will lay down a line of ink and then while still wet or even after it's dried they go in with a water brush and do a "wash". Very common method.

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PostSubject: Re: Charles Russell   Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:14 pm

Blackhorse wrote:
They do that and much more. They will lay down a line of ink and then while still wet or even after it's dried they go in with a water brush and do a "wash". Very common method.
I no kidding just watched a YouTube video on that technique... the nib looks like a mini shovel.  Very very cool to watch it
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PostSubject: Re: Charles Russell   Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:48 pm

It's kinda neat
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PostSubject: Re: Charles Russell   Sun Mar 19, 2017 1:37 am

Just to give you a feel for what can be done by someone with talent...here are four nice pen and wash drawings. All are characteristic of slightly differing techniques. Can you guess which one was done by one of the greatest masters...Michelangelo? Pretty obvious I guess.






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PostSubject: Re: Charles Russell   Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:56 am

It's the 3rd one. But apparently my wife has pens or a pen and is familiar with this.  My wife is a amazing artist I mean tops.  She is just not fast enought at it to make a living but tops none the less.  I showed them.to her and was not surprised.  I think with any one in there own hobby or job, you can get to a point where you see how amazing it is but it no longer surprised you. Like with me being in a music world so long I see amazing si ger song wrighters and guitar player that i kmow it's amazing but it dose not surprise me any more. In art of any format I believe it happens. But when a person like me a music Guy sees a form of art I'm not familiar with, or something I have never seen or knew could be or was it get surprise, filled with gittyness to study it look it up as I don't know.about it, but for a artist or some one familer they get a understanding a grasp as I do with music so the gittyness is not there as much.
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PostSubject: Re: Charles Russell   Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:18 am

So...understanding but not surprise. Got it.


I had no idea your wife was an artist! Cool. Can we see one of her works? I haven't dabbled in metalsmithing for years but I still have one piece I could show...the same for my pen and watercolor drawings. Surely you have just one thing she's done. Please!

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PostSubject: Re: Charles Russell   Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:12 pm

Russell's humorous ones are the best. Or the poignant ones. They often illustrate the text of the letter. I have a book of them, better ones, but I suppose there are copyright issues re the internet, etc.

Hey, I like any pen and ink drawings, and probably any youse guys post. Don't know why, unless it's being envious of a kid in school with an I.Q. of 180 who could outdraw me. He could draw scenes from The Untouchables in about 30 seconds, machine guns going off, bodies twisted, etc. Freaked me how he could easily draw hands doing this and that. His materials: any crap piece of paper, any crap pen or pencil. Ticked me off until he was expelled for deliberately mixing up a sulphur dioxide-emitting substance in the lab (or was it hydrogen sulphide?) and it went into the ventilation ducts, causing an evacuation.

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PostSubject: Re: Charles Russell   Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:22 pm

Yeah, there was a kid in my grade school class that was incredible with pencil drawings...easily professional grade. But he disparaged of his own work. Weird. But the only guy that outdrew me that I worried about was a guy in a bar with a .45. Very worrisome indeed. Actually happened.

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PostSubject: Re: Charles Russell   Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:27 pm

affraid Gadzooks! I hate when that happens.
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PostSubject: Re: Charles Russell   Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:43 pm

Did you ever see the classic Kung Fu Hustle? One of my favorite comedies of all time. There's a Looney Tune kind of sequence where the hero is running down the road like Daffy or the Road Runner, the legs just an oval blur? That's me when a drtunk pulls a .45.

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PostSubject: Re: Charles Russell   Sun Mar 19, 2017 1:15 pm

Blackhorse wrote:
Did you ever see the classic Kung Fu Hustle? One of my favorite comedies of all time. There's a Looney Tune kind of sequence where the hero is running down the road like Daffy or the Road Runner, the legs just an oval blur?  That's me when a drtunk pulls a .45.
That is actually one of my all time favorite movies!  Thank you for sharing those pen and ink drawings.  Have you ever noticed the nib holder for this style of art are over sized?  Also I could see an Oblique nib holder needing to be used in some of these.
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PostSubject: Re: Charles Russell   Sun Mar 19, 2017 1:46 pm

Awesome pictures, thanks for sharing. Absolutely stunning work!!            I use too also enjoy drawing with different types of pastel pencils or fountain pens with different size nibs.  These three pictures I used only a #2 pencil and did any of the shading you see in the three pictures with a dry Q-Tip. American Indian with Full Headdress: Geronimo, American Indian Cochise wearing the Tribal Peace Band and an American Indian Scout on his horse. Sorry for the poor quality picture, they're hanging on a wall in my bedroom and I took this picture with my iPad.  
If anyone wants to see an individual shot of any of the three drawings just ask.


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PostSubject: Re: Charles Russell   Sun Mar 19, 2017 1:52 pm

What the hell!? Those look cool!
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PostSubject: Re: Charles Russell   Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:09 pm


Middle kurt Cobain she drew with charcoal , left and right pieces of pottery she made. Then there's the little.dogs she cuts out with a scroll saw and hand pants. And she is a a great wood burner as well but that's for a different post.
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PostSubject: Re: Charles Russell   Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:13 pm

Some of the most astonishing work I've ever seen were pencil drawings. Yours look very fine indeed.

And the charcoal? Yeah...wow. Very fine as well. Charcoal is a difficult medium for me.

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PostSubject: Re: Charles Russell   Sun Mar 19, 2017 2:20 pm

Fingers required when. Workimg.qith charcoal. She dose pencil and ink and so we will see what we can get together for a 2nd pic latter.
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PostSubject: Re: Charles Russell   Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:02 pm

OK...you guys have done due diligence. Fair is fair. My turn.

This was for Valentines Day 2007. Pencil, watercolor and ink. Inspiration from and homage to Ivan Bilibin, an illustrator of Russian folk tales, circa 1907. So...like a hundred years.




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PostSubject: Re: Charles Russell   Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:25 pm

Arky's Wife simply outstanding piece of Art. I sure hope your putting your talent to work and making yourself a few bucks....BIG bucks indeed. Your shading work is superb!!

Blackhorse your extremely talented and do hope your still doing some drawings. Stunning piece of Art work.  I hope your Valentines Day Art work is framed and hung on a wall, it should be!!

We have many extremely talented members here on the BoB. Glad everyone is sharing their Art work with all of us.



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