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Atlanta Skyline Pen & Ink #821A

Pen & ink drawing of downtown Atlanta skyline at night.

The original and prints of Atlanta Skyline Pen & Ink #821 are here.

This pen & ink drawing of downtown Atlanta is take from Buckhead. The use of cross-hatching was done without intensity. The lines are clean and clear letting the viewer take in all the details of the buildings.

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Atlanta Skyline Pen & Ink 863 ~ 6/28/2018B

Atlanta skyline pen & ink 6/28/2018B

Atlanta skyline pen & ink 6/28/2018B

Atlanta skyline pen & ink 6/28/2018b by skyline artist Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC.

Skyline Delineation

The skyline of Atlanta is done in pen & ink. The pen & inks lend themselves to high contrast drawings. Since the lines are either black on nothing there is no room for compromise. The exactness and precision that the ink lines offer are excellent for architectural subject such as skylines. The lines in the drawing are all sharp and crisp due to the pen tip.

Hatching & Cross-hatching

The shade and shadows on this pen & ink are extensive. Lake Clara Meer is seen with all kinds of lines, the shoreline is heavily treated with hatching. The darkest part of the drawing is near the shoreline due to the lack of light.

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Atlanta Skyline Pen & Ink 823 ~ 6/24/2018E

Atlanta skyline pen & ink 6/24/2018E

Atlanta skyline pen & ink 6/24/2018E

Atlanta skyline pen & ink 6/24/2018E by artist Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC.

Skyline Delineation

The skyline sketch is first laid out in pencil then I go over this in ink so that you can more clearly see the angle and horizon line. The pen & ink help convey the substance of the drawing better than just pencil alone. Please note that all of these lines are loosely done and provide the suggested concept of the work of art to come. This is just the staring point of the rendering process and this sketch is on a separate sheet of paper from the original work of art to come.

Hatching & Cross-hatching

The shade and shadows on the sketch are to help denote the affect of light on the composition. One of the most effective ways to demonstrate shade and shadows are with hatch lines. Hatch lines are short parallel lines drawn in a row along a shaded surface to as to “cast” the shadow on the image in the drawing.

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Atlanta Skyline Pen & Inks ~ 6/17/2018B

Atlanta skyline pen & ink drawing of downtown

Atlanta skyline pen & ink drawing of midtown in Piedmont Park
Atlanta Skyline Pen & Ink Drawing of midtown at Piedmont Park overlooking Lake Clara Meer by artist Stephen F. Condren.

Atlanta Skyline Pen & Inks

Atlanta skyline pen & inks by artist Stephen F. Condren. Pen & inks are second nature to me. It is always a difficult task for me to choose between pencil or pen & inks. I love them both so very much and they are so very different. The quality that I like so very much about pen & inks is their exactness and precision. I just love the flow of ink going from my pen onto the paper, it is so graceful.

Atlanta skyline pen & ink drawing of midtown at night
Atlanta Skyline Pen & Ink Drawing of midtown at night in Piedmont Park by artist Stephen F. Condren.

As you can see from the two pen & inks here of Lake Clara Meer at Piedmont Park, both the color of the ink and the time of day have tremendous impact on the works of art. The day time drawing above is done in brown ink and nice shows the cityscape behind the trees. The tower skyscrapers are very prominent in the rendering. However, in the night scene just below the skyscrapers take on a different role. Rather than giant security guards watching over the lake, they are now a backdrop to the evening light.

Hatching

The one common feature to both drawing is the use of hatching and cross-hatching to give contour and provide proper shade and shadowing to the images. When you look at the area below the trees along the shore line you can see that there is an extensive use of cross-hatching to bring out the darker tones needed for the night time shading of the lake. Also, behind the center of the drawing the image of the skyscrapers is made more dramatic with the fine outlining of the cross-hatched line that make the evening sky. If I were to use a paint brush to do the same the outcome would be entirely different. Pen & ink lines lend themselves naturally to architectural subjects.

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Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

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School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ BFA

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Atlanta Skyline Brown Pen & Ink Drawing Of Piedmont Park #863

Atlanta skyline brown pen & ink drawing

Atlanta skyline brown pen & ink drawing of Piedmont Park

Atlanta skyline brown pen & ink drawing of Piedmont Park by artist Stephen F. Condren. This article is about my brown pen & ink drawing of Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia.

Atlanta Skyline Brown Pen & Ink Drawing Of Piedmont Park #863. To to this kind of drawing, it is recommended that you do the following:

  1. Have extra supplies and food on hand.
  2. Study the contour of the trees with the skyscrapers.
  3. Make use of cross hatching for deeper tones.

The brown ink that I have employed for this drawing has worked very well for me. The tone of the ink goes will with the light brown paper and the shadows in the drawing all compliment this tone.

I am very will pleased with how well cross hatching has made Lake Clara Meer look so alive. When I look at this drawing all that I can see is the stirring of the lagoon.

The skyscrapers in the background almost seem to grow out of the landscape. The use of ink details in the shrubs and trees is very will executed and convinces the viewer that this is truly a tranquil place.

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Pen & Inks Of Atlanta Skyline

Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

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School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ BFA

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Atlanta Skyline Red Pen & Ink Drawing Of Piedmont Park #860

Atlanta red skyline pen & ink of midtown

Atlanta red skyline pen & ink of midtown

Atlanta red skyline pen & ink of midtown by artist Stephen F. Condren. This article is about my red pen & ink drawing of the Atlanta, Georgia, skyline at Piedmont Park.

Skyline Red Pen & Ink Key Points:

  1. Have all of you art supplies in order and extra stocks of it.
  2. Study the movement of the water.
  3. Watch the time of day and calculate the time for the angle of the sun.

Regarding the angle of the sun, which is very important, be sure to have the rays of light working with you and on the subject. Do not have the subject in shadows. It is amazing how often I encounter artist drawing their subject in the shade. Much of the time this was due to poor calculation of time, for as the day passes the sun moves and soon they find that their subject is in the shade. Make sure that you give yourself time!

In this red pen & ink drawing I have made use of the suns rays which in this drawing are coming in from behind me over and to the right. The shade of the buildings in the back ground reflect this.

I am very please with my handling of the motion of the water. When you look at the center you can see how the strokes of ink have dissipated. Keep in mind that loose following lines work better for you on water than cross hatching. Hatching is best utilized in places such as under the trees on the shore line.

All in all the clarity of line work in the drawing is very good and has rendered the landscape of Piedmont Park admirably.

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Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

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School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ BFA

 

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Atlanta Skyline Pen & Ink Drawing Of Midtown At Night #859

Atlanta midtown night skyline pen & ink

Atlanta midtown night skyline pen & ink

Atlanta midtown night skyline pen & ink drawing by Stephen F. Condren. This article is about my pen & ink night time drawing of Lake Clara Meer at Piedmont Park, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Skyline Pen & Ink Drawing Key Points:

  1. Have all of your art supplied and gear in place.
  2. Bring lighting to allow you to work.
  3. Spend a long time looking at the city lights to understand the contour of the buildings.

It is not a common practice to do landscape drawings at night. However, if you are only in town for a short time take advantage of this. It is my practice to do as much as I can in the short time that I am usually in places.

It is amazing just how much that you can see at night when you have set up your easel or table. There are many kinds of lighting fixtures to choose from. One you have your lighting in place it is quiet easy to work. The flip side of the coin however, is that you need to keep your working light at a lower than usual level of brightness because you need to be able to see out into the dark and thus your pupils need to dilate to take in that light. If you have bright lights on around you, then you will not be able to focus on things out in the darkness.

Cross hatching is king! In this pen & ink drawing cross hatching has become indispensable due to the darkness. However, you cannot let the darkness take over. If you make too many hatch marks then the drawing becomes to dense and then ruined. Remember it is not easy to see in the dark and then you have to take into account your eye adjustment between viewing the site and refocusing in the brighter light of your easel.

As dark as the scene was I have made the trees light so as to create a negative space to hold the composition together. There is an abundance of light in the center of the lagoon as well as on the building in the background. The deep darkness of the center sky behind the skyline makes for a wonderful perspective drawing without vanishing points.

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Pen & Inks Of Atlanta Skyline

Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

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School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ BFA

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Atlanta Brown Pen & Ink Skyline Drawing Of Midtown #858

Atlanta skyline brown pen & ink drawing

Atlanta skyline brown pen & ink drawing

Atlanta skyline brown pen & ink drawing by artist Stephen F. Condren. This article is about my brown pen & ink drawing of midtown Atlanta, Georgia, at Piedmont Park.

Atlanta Brown Pen & Ink Key Features:

  1. Landscape
  2. Pen & Ink
  3. Water

The brown color ink make a nice tone to this lovely setting in Piedmont Park. So often black ink is used for pen & ink drawings, and I have a deep love for black ink. However, on occasion it is nice to try a different tone.

My focus for this drawing really is the water. I have done a good job of capturing the rustling water near the shore line then showing the gradual dissipation of the waves as they enter the center of the lagoon. The shade and shadows of the tree line was essential in getting the effect. The trees and foliage are almost non-descriptive as their negative space make for a fine support for the tower skyscraper that stand behind them.

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Pen & Inks Of Atlanta Skyline

Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

312-303-0207

School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ BFA

 

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Atlanta Skyline Red Pen & Ink Drawing Of Midtown #857

Atlanta red skyline pen & ink of midtown

Atlanta red skyline pen & ink of midtown

Atlanta red skyline pen & ink of midtown by artist Stephen F. Condren. This article is about my red pen & ink drawing of midtown Atlanta, Georgia, at Piedmont Park.

Skyline Red Pen & Ink Drawing Key Points:

  1. Have all of your art supplies ready and at hand.
  2. Position yourself far enough from the lake to gain a full perspective of the site.
  3. Study the relationship between the landscape and buildings that stand behind.

This is a very popular view of midtown Atlanta, as seen looking across Lake Clara Meer to the skyscrapers of midtown. The lake is a wonder element that give a nice reflection that I utilize in both my pen & ink and watercolors of it.

I have chosen red ink to bring out the warmth of the hot Atlanta summer. Since red is an intense color I have used it in such a manner so as to defuse it throughout the drawing. I have only made small and intense line work on the side of the buildings to convey shade and shadows.

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Pen & Inks Of Atlanta Skyline

Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

312-303-0207

School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ BFA

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Atlanta Skyline Pen & Ink Drawing Of Downtown #826

Atlanta skyline pen & ink drawing

Atlanta skyline pen & ink drawing

Atlanta skyline pen & ink drawing of downtown by Stephen F. Condren. This drawing of downtown Atlanta is one of my best selling, if not, best selling print at Condren Galleries. The fine pen & ink lines gracefully delineate the contour of the skyscrapers.

Skyline Pen & Ink Drawing

  1. Have all of your art supplies ready at hand.
  2. Study the contour of the city skyscrapers.
  3. Position yourself where you have the best vantage point to gain a full perspective of the site.

I am delighted to say that this pen & ink drawing has been my best selling print and I am honored that it is from the great and noble city of Atlanta, which I truly love.

This drawing of Atlanta is different than my others in that I have chosen to do just the simple outlines with complimenting details rather then a fully rendered skyline drawing. These skyline drawings can get overwhelmingly complex and detailed to the point of bewilderment. There is just way too much information in the sites to adequately render on paper, even photographs blur many of the site features!

Because I have chosen to do a simple line drawing it is more difficult to render because it leave no room for making mistakes ~ you can see everything. When drawing it is wise to have a drawing post or bar to lean your arm against so that you can make steady lines. You do not want you lines to be “ruler” straight but you do need to have the put down orderly so that they make sense when you see the finished drawing.

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Pen & Inks Of Atlanta Skyline

Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

312-303-0207

School of the Art Institute of Chicago ~ BFA