I was passing the time away before the performance began…..

Bethlehem Steel Blast Furnaces

In reality, the blast furnaces are wonderfully dark and ominous looking rather than light and bright as I show them here.  The early evening light struck the metal and gave it a bit of a glow.  I find the dip pen gives a different character to sketchbook drawings.  I usually use a fountain pen in sketchbooks.

At the last minute I grabbed the sample vial of Waterman Havana Brown and tossed it into my bag.  It was the only ink I used the whole night.  I’m a bit surprised at how much red bled out of the ink ….. but I rather like it.

Sketchbook drawing: drawn first with dip pen followed by slight variations of watercolor mix using cadmium lemon, vermillion and cerulean blue.

Using a pair of near complements works well for a quick sketchbook drawing.

View of Blast Furnaces through the windows.

The blast furnaces as seen through the windows of the SteelStacks cabaret are far more impressive than I’ve shown in this sketch.  One of these days I’ll focus my attention just on these metal giants that look like an ocean liner docked on the outskirts of Bethlehem, PA.

I started with a simple line drawing using a dip pen in Noodler’s Black Swan in English Roses ink.  I added a wash of slightly toned down cadmium orange on the blast furnaces, allowing the ink to bleed into the wash.  The final touch was a pale wash of dioxazine Purple, again allowing the ink to bleed.

Because the ink has such a red tone to it, the resulting colors appear to be more an extended analogous color scheme than near complements.  The only watercolor hues I used were Cadmium Orange and Dioxazine Purple.  The purple was my cool color that was warmed by the ink bleed.