Fun with Sepia

“Sepia is a reddish-brown color, named after the rich brown pigment derived from the ink sack of the common cuttlefish Sepia” (Wikipedia). Greco-Romans used sepia ink to write and we may associate its brownish color in the development of antique photographs instead of black and white. Some sketchers like it because it isn’t as harsh as black ink but has a different look. I bought a Micron pen with this color to try it out and I like some of the results. Here are a few sketches to share….

This first sketch is of my grandfather’s cornet. I don’t know how old it is, but it has to be old! I played it as a teenager and now it sits in my closet and collects dust. It has the most beautiful sweet sound, which sounded best when my band conductor played it. He could get beautiful notes out of it. It sounds slightly different than the trumpet.


This next sketch shows my twisted sense of humor, which many artists have. I was sick earlier in the week and after feeling a bit better, I decided to sketch my close friend, our downstairs toilet. You can read the caption to see my thoughts….


Finally, I sketched my husband’s old railroad lantern. He is a rail buff and has a few antiques around the house. lantern sepia

Sketching with sepia is a nice change from color. Sometimes people will water down sepia ink and make washes instead of color, but I haven’t tried that yet. I like experimenting with new things, how about you?

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