Thursday, January 20, 2011

Two New Dry Brush Pieces

A grasshopper and a stag beetle. This stag beetle came out a lot better than the last one. I'm liking the sepia ink--it's actually FW acrylic ink.


  1. hey what is dry brush

  2. It's pretty much just how it sounds: more pigment than water on the brush. The ink or paint picks up the texture of the paper and you get a chalky look. You can also splay the brush hairs, or use and old or dried up brush to get striations, basically a series a parallel marks or tracks, the striped marks you see here on the legs and beetle shell and elsewhere. Go in the other direction across the first set of striations and you get something that looks like hatch marks, like what you see on the grasshopper's wings. With dry brush, often the more screwed up the brush, the better. I use really cheap craft brushes, chinese brushes, and just about anything I have lying around. It's a fun technique, though it takes a while to master. Like most brush and ink work you can't be too hesitant, or it will show.

    Thanks for asking!