Even though I was a toddler at the time, the music of the Beatles has been an influence on my creative career. I still listen to their music and often refer to my copy of The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics by Alan Aldridge for both pleasure and inspiration.
Sgt Pepper, Magical Mystery and Abbey Road are all regularly played in the studio, but it’s the White Album that truly fascinates me and so the portrait shots that I chose to replicate of the Fab Four are from circa 1968 when the album was recorded.
So what better way to pay homage than to take four of Liverpool’s finest musicians and reimagine them with some of Liverpool’s finest fountain pen ink?
“So may I introduce to you…”.
John Lennon – created with Diamine Cult Pens Robert and bleach on Bockingford 140lb rough watercolour paper. That sheen!
Paul McCartney – created with Diamine Polar Glow and bleach on Bockingford 140lb rough watercolour paper. Not an easy ink to paint with. You’ll need to do a couple of practice pieces first!
George Harrison – created with Diamine Earl Grey, Snow Storm and bleach with Lion Rock blots on Bockingford 140lb rough watercolour paper. Earl Grey is great ink to work with. Blends well with the Snow Storm.
Ringo Starr – created with Diamine Winter Miracle and bleach on Bockingford 140lb rough watercolour paper. That sheen!
HEY! If you’re interested to know more about how to use fountain pen inks in more creative ways – whether it’s simply to observe their chromatic behaviours, or, to recreate one of my swatch cards, or, to learn how to use them in watercolour painting, illustration and calligraphy, why not check out my online course or, even better, sign up for a workshop?