Sunday, June 17, 2007

Unknown faces on the train

Some faces on the train to Paris. All done in pen in moleskine and given a wash later at home.










21 comments:

Anita said...

They are all wonderful Ronell but I especially like the 2nd with the woman facing away, adds a sense of mystery and gets the imagination pumping!

Lin said...

BEAUTIFUL!! The softness of the wash is outstanding!

Meinhild Selbach said...

Great work! I really like your style.
Greetings from the Lyons area ;-)
Meinhild (inselfan54)

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

These are beautiful. Was it ink or watercolor you used for a wash? Your portrait sketches are so well done.

Nina Johansson said...

Great with those grey washes, I love these drawings!

mARTa said...

love these too! I did my daughter on the train into Los Angeles on friday....she was right in front of me so I could see her!!! I love how these don't have color...the washes are beautiful.

Jenny said...

Enjoyed your train sketches. Ink and wash is perfect for these.

Arty Velarde said...

These are nice, I like the washes for the gray scale.
It looks cool!

juj said...

These are fabulous Ronnell - Your linework is so free and easy, and the washes are the perfect touch. I love the sleeping man at the top and the one at the bottom. And there is something so compelling about the posture of the girl with the pony tail. Sly girl - capturing the people who wouldn't notice what you were doing!

Sandy said...

Gosh how do you do this!!! I would love to learn watercolor wash like this...just beautiful and delicate. sandy

Africantapestry said...

Thank you to verybody for the kind comments...I really appreciate your encouragement.
Nancy - I just used some black watercolor.
Marta - will have alook at your daughter's sketch today. I think someone right opposite me is a bit intimidating(a stranger)...I expect them to bite me any minute!
Judi - Yip, that is exacty how I caught Hartman...!
Sandy - I feel like I'm is actually cheating; really good sketching can stand on its own with only the lines, but I feel mine needs that extra bit of "oomph"..
Ronell

biteyourowntail said...

Sneaky drawings of people - love them. And what better way to spend a train journey? Lovely work

Dave said...

These are lovely. So expressive and the wash adds a lot to the line work.

Robyn said...

Wonderful people! I too love the girl with the pony tail but they are a delightful lot. I think the sketches would stand up very well without it, but the wash is a lovely touch. Paris! Sigh! The last time I saw Paris....

Tonniece said...

A real wow factor here Ronell.
Great sketches

hfm said...

Great work! Don't know how you can draw on the train! I've tried but I can't

Ujwala said...

the ink and wash portraits are beautiful ronnel! now i need me some trains to ride in :D actually i'd be too shy to pull out my sketchpad at such close proximity to the subject! :D

Claudia said...

Oh, Ronell, you did so nice paintings and drawing while i was away on my hiking tours! I nearly can't decide which I like the best! Your glass bells are so wonderful! But your garden sketches turned out so good as well!!! I like the colours you use!
And your train sketches are very nice, too! I want to see more!!!

Carole said...

You are so talented, Ronell. You've captured a lot of character with these simple lines.

You are brave, sketching people. I always feel too self conscious to attempt it, which is a shame as it would be a good way to spend the time on the train.

Anonymous said...

HELLO, i CANT TELL YOU HOW MUCH i LOVE YOUR WORK AND BOTH BLOGS. sINCE iM LEARNING ON MY OWN YOUR WORK HELPS ME ALONG IN LOOKING AT HOW YOUVE PAINTED THNGS.
tHANK-YOU SO AND HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY.
lINDA

caseytoussaint said...

I somehow missed this post - it's wonderful, Ronell! These are so full of character, so individual - I really love them. This seems like a new departure for you (?)