May 29th, 2014

On Boomerang Beach

Illustrator Barbara Tapp created this pen & ink drawing on our cold press Delta Series. We were frankly surprised that Delta’s comparatively toothy surface didn’t seem to be a problem for any of the detailed line work. This is Barbara’s story of the drawing:

“I work as an architectural sketch artist drawing houses for the Bay Area real estate market so free hand sketching in my S&B Delta journals is pure relaxation and I carry them with me at all times. I use no pencil or erasers the sketches evolve as they go. This sketch was drawn on a recent visit to Australia early one morning at Boomerang Beach while I was watching the surf. The magnificent crumbling coastline seemed to dwarf the fisherman standing on a nearby rock.

I began with the figures and from there radiated my sketch outwards. Using downward strokes of my fine Sharpie, I contoured the landscape adding the foreground of rocks and water last. Everything had to relate back to the figures. Once my base sketch was down and directions determined, I highlighted by deepening cross-hatching to build depth, completing the sketch with the rods. This is an emotional freeing loose sketch, with line work that gathers momentum…it is great fun to draw like this. Even in the high humidity the ink dries quickly on the Delta paper enabling me to add fine lines, building complex depth and shadows.” Barbara Tapp’s website:

MEDIA: Pen and ink
SURFACE: Delta Series – 180 lb. – 270 gsm – Ivory – Cold Press Finish

Boomerang Beach (488x650)


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