Aleister Black: Communing with the NightSchamberger Labs
Ink, acrylic and watercolor on watercolor paper
Artwork by Rob Schamberger
Printed on 11" x 14" 130 pound uncoated cover stock, perfect for framing!
With this Aleister Black piece I had the perfect opportunity to play around some more with some straight up black and white hatching. My process for this particular piece was to first use brush and ink to lay in all of the flat black areas, giving me a better feeling for the positive and negative space. I splattered a bit of white acrylic paint around to help keep this feeling more organic as everything from this point on would be very mechanical.
I then began using a fine-tip pen to do the first round of hatching, putting down at least a thousand little lines to start building up my tones. That's the whole purpose of the hatching, to build up the layers of grey between white and black. So I put my first layer down to then go darker from there, which I did with a brush-tip pen that provided a wider line than the first pen.
My initial plan was to then finish up with even thicker lines applied with brush and ink but that felt like it could too easily go wrong, so I thought I'd break the rules a bit and instead apply some watered-down ink for my final layer to get that extra bit of darkness.
Applying layers of darkness. Fading to Black.