I started out writing a post about this little sketch below, but it quickly turned into an ode to an ink I love, so I’m going with the flow.
I love this orangey-yellow and turquoisey-blue combination, it’s magical. They’re complement of course, but being able to mix them into all sorts of shades that connect the two opposites and to take them both from full intensity to a really watered down version makes for so much to play with.
The colors work together for me particularly well in ink. My two inks here are Noodlers Apache Sunset and Jacques Herbin Emerald of Chivor, both part of this sampler set from Goulet Inks.
The Apache Sunset Ink I just love, and I use it in many different combinations.
With black ink and the dark grey of a Blackwing Pencil. (I like the Black ones best)
Or just as a second color with black ink in a quick sketch. A color that lets me separate and highlight bits of a quickly drawn sketch.
I’ve used it as a base color in my printmaking experiments.
And it’s been showing up a good bit with watercolors in my on-location sketches.
When I have a color-obsession, I seem to be able to see that color everywhere. I’ve had a lavender obsession, a phthalo green love-hate relationship and one that still puzzles me, a shortlived love for Potter’s Pink. Some things stick, some don’t. We will see where it goes with Apache Sunset.
Do you have a pigment or a drawing tool that you’re obsessed with just now? Or have been for years? It’s always interesting to see which ones stay and become an extension of your art-making vocabulary and which ones fade away.