The Rocky Mountains and alpine lakes get all the attention out here in Colorado, but sometimes it’s the sky and the clouds that take your breath away. This is a rendering of the view up Squaw Pass, from a spot on a trail about a half mile from my house. The elevation here is about 7500 feet. I was walking one day, and snapped a few pictures of these clouds with my iPod. After many experiments with how to capture this sky in ink, I decided to go with this method of horizontal lines. Any comments/critique are appreciated, as nature drawings are very new to me.Done with dip pens (various nibs), and few markers, on 11x14 board (Borden & Riley 108 lb).
Interesting in that several people have commented on the lower part of the clouds and sky. It was very dark down there (storm coming), but enough people have mentioned it that I think I could have done a better job with it.
What I noticed is that the artist made the clouds fluffy by dotting the lines. Maybe that is something you can try (have tried?). Although I think your clouds are really awesome. They feel heavy like there is as storm coming. I'd be rigging my tarp pretty soon!
I used to live in Lakewood CO, and what I admired most was the lightning storms that would come and make the whole sky a spectacle. Colorado is really divine!
I find that, at least for now, when I'm still learning to use dip pens, I need to do at least two versions of the picture. During the first, I try different stuff and see what looks good. Then the second uses the best techniques from the first.
After making the comment, I went to your profile page and was inspired; I, too, am in the middle of the chaos of "life" and it is good to see that there is hope for my further "artistic" (if you can call my scribbles such) development further down the road. Cheers and may you see the progress you desire in your work!
The composition is great too!