This is a pen and ink illustration I did based upon a 100+ year old photograph taken by a photographer named L.C. McClure. This pen and ink was created for a New Mexico history guide published by the New Mexico Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway Alliance.


The original image is maybe 5 or so inches across. No pencil or charcoal. All shading is crosshatched ink - all freehand.


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  • JHurstART 7y

    Wonderful job with the drawing! You are very skillful! Gave it a fave!
  • Aldo Berta 7y

    Bellissimo ! Grande lavoro Congratulazioni !.
  • Tony Oliver 7y

    Grazie Aldo.
  • Julie's Digital Photo Art 7y

    Amazing work!
  • Stefano Sivieri 7y

    I saw this in the 25+ Faves group and Faved it.
  • portraitgirl 7y

    wow what amazing control you have with the pen and ink! awesome
  • Mike Thomas 7y

    Really beautiful technique!
  • Gavin Thomas 7y

    Magnificent! Now that's really art. I first thought it was some wonderful PS technique until I read the description. Thanks for the comments, very kind of you.
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  • TonilynC 6y

    this is awesome,
    amazing control with this, I love it
  • Tony Oliver 6y

    Thank you everyone!
  • TonilynC 6y

    Hello, ToOliver2,
    I know you have probubly heard of this stuff, but I wanted to tell just incase, it is called liquid pencil, graphite- comes in 2 different styles, permanent and re-wetable, but it applies with a brush, great for an under-painting i dont know how to send you the link- i am very computer challanged-really bad, do a web search for jerrysartaroma look at video demo that he does, its intresting stuff, can save lots of time getting those darkest shadows and such. thins with
    sorry i couldnt send the link to you, my husband is trying to teach me my way around -how to paste - dont know how.....
  • Tony Oliver 6y

    Toni, I googled liquid pencil. Looks interesting.

    The pen and inks you see here were all done with 100% ink because they were created to be printed on a press. When I was in high school I did a lot of illustrations for advertisements and brochures. The printers always threw a hissy-fit when I used graphite for shading because it can be very difficult to photograph images shaded with graphite. (I guess graphite reflects light so areas that should be very dark appear to be much lighter when photographed under their high intensity lights). So, thirty plus years ago I got used to producing all of my illustrations entirely in ink.

    Once I learned to do everything in ink, I just kind of stuck with it. I kind of like the fact that it is difficult to do. Makes my images more challenging and sets them apart a bit.

    I haven't tried using graphite or charcoal on an image since the late 1970's. I should probably give them a try again. I love well-done art in both of those mediums, and the liquid pencil would give me plenty to experiment with! Thanks for the tip!
  • Alan Cottam 6y

    I am amazed by your tallent for freehand crosshatched ink work
  • Brandon 6y

    Just realized I've never commented on this one... ;)
  • Tony Oliver 6y comment already! ;-)
  • Dona Minúcia 6y

    This image - and all others on this subject, "collections, lots of (whatever), miscellaneous, patterns, textures, persevering and/or very detailed studies images etc." - would be lovely on our very new group, called ALL COLLECTIONS

    If you accept the invitation, it is not necessary to ask to join the group. Just click on link and say "hi" :-)

    It would be adorable have your artwoks on that subjects there.
  • Vineesh Lal 5y

    Wow mind blowing

    What a Style
    I love your work lot beautiful
  • Hada Maravilla 3y

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