A couple of sketches to get my new sketch book started. I’v had my eye on this leather bound hard backed sketchbook with A4 demotion width ways and A5 in height for some time. So to celebrate making to part three, landscape dawning, I have treated myself to it as I think the dimensions are perfectly suited to the subject in hand and such I convenient size I intend to keep in in my hand bag and take it with me where ever I go.
The first ink study was taken from looking at the ink drawn horses of professor Shen Qi Zhao. Who is a traditional chines painting master. I picked up a leaflet of an exhibition of his work I had missed by days on a recent trip to Verden in Germany. Interested by the subject matter, as I hope all this art study will perhaps culminate in myself becoming a painter of equines, I have since done a little research on line. I also realise through my studies I am quite intrigued by artist that use ink.
Shen Qi Zhoa is German born and spends a lot of his time visiting studs for inspiration. He says of the horse
‘Horses are the loyal friends of human beings, standing for victory, progress and affections.’ (Shen Qi Zhoa)
His ink drawings are drawn with different brushes of long scrolls on news print paper. These can be as long as 8 meters and 2 meters wide. He starts with the ink on the black page and if a mistake is made he tares it up and starts afresh. It is said he has ripped up thousands of drawings over his life time so that the ones that make to to public viewing maintain a high standard of accuracy in the finish.
The second drawing here is a quick sketch from a pic taken on the iphone whilst feeding the fields horses at sun rise. Which can be a spiritually up lifting experience being so close to the miracle of the natural world. It marks the start of the landscape ball a’rolling.