Old Farm Buildings


Love those splashes of white conjuring up the lovely light within the drawing , Alan.

I agree with Carole, Alan. Those white passages lift an excellent drawing to somewhere above superb. It's very appealing.

Great piece. Love the highlights

Fabulous!! I love this.

I love to see drawings here and this one stands out Alan. Lovely!

The use of white has made this sing!

A lovely sketch Alan!

Lovely tonal piece, Alan!

Oooo….lots of goodies in the make up of your drawing, I like the sound of those inks. Wonderful tones and highlights.

Thanks guys, much appreciated! This bistre ink is made in the traditional way using birch & beech wood soot, bound with gum Arabic. Wonderful stuff!

Wonderful piece Alan, love it.

Nice pen work - from another era.

This is lovely. The white highlights are superb - they really made me look!

That ink looks wonderful! So does your landscape!

Very effective Alan. The white really lifts the painting.

Cracking sketch Alan - really love these sketches

Great sketch Alan. Hopefully you'll paint it?

Lovely contrasting tones Alan

Beautiful scene, lovely sketch Alan.

Beautiful 😍

Has that traditional feel.

I like your drawing Alan. I had to smile as your description sounded a bit like the kind of thing they say when presenting a dish on Masterchef !

Cheers guys… yes, I see what you mean Diane!

Really good. Benefits from not having a distracting sky.

This is great Alan - the paper, ink and chalk make such an effective combination, plus excellent drawing ability of course!

I very much like the marks you have made Alan, particularly in the foreground. And the ink sounds intriguing too!

Love it Alan 🙂

Which type of Ackerman pen do you use Alan if you don’t mind me asking? It looks a lovely to use

Thanks everyone for your comments. Rachel, I’ve bought two, but basically identical apart from the nibs. I’ve got the Manga G pump pen, and the Classic pump pen. You can only buy them directly from the manufacturer in the States, so a good chunk of postage to pay… but worth it! They work better on smoother surfaces in general! But they don’t clog up!

Thanks Alan- lovely looking pens!

I love your very nuanced and different patches of white. A very painterly touch!

Hang on Studio Wall

Loosely based on a Rembrandt drawing. Strathmore A4 Toned Gray paper, Ackerman pen and Indian ink with a Wallace Seymour Bistre ink wash.

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Alan Bickley

Having studied fine art and graphics at both Stafford and Derby college, my career working as a graphic artist and latterly as editorial artist with Northcliffe Media Ltd, has kept me constantly in touch with all aspects of art and design. Painting mainly in oils, acrylics and watercolour, my…

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