Pen & ink, on 14x17 Strathmore smooth 300 series Bristol Board.

One of the things I like about old skool Yorkshire architecture, is that it was built using the very stuff which Yorkshire is made of: Millstone Grit, and given time to weather, it slowly blends back in with the environment......I like that.
This is Hebdon Bridge, in the bustling village of...erm...Hebdon Bridge.
I say bustling, because as you can see from the pseudo quayside, this particular spot is set up for people (mainly tourists), but there isn't a single solitary soul in sight. Which believe me, in the middle of a sunny summer's day, is very unusual indeed.
This bridge says much about the kind of folks who built all this nonsense, and as tough as old boots.

Hindsight tells me that I made a big boo boo with this pic, in not thinking much about which method to use.
As I got into the pic, I realized just how much work it was going to take using only pens. Instead of using Bristol Board, I should've used illustration board, as then I could've used a few washes, which would've made life much easier.
Anyhow, I didn't have any illustration board.....and I needed to draw.
If I include the forced six months break from art which I had to take, this damned pic took me EIGHT months!
And after all that, I don't really like it that much either......pft! :o)

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Comment by Kathy Orrell on January 11, 2019 at 6:48pm
Great work so well done.
Comment by Marilyn G on January 12, 2019 at 8:10am

Seems you may not like it but we do Mark!  Though lots of work for you, I can see.

Comment by Pat on January 12, 2019 at 3:29pm

Nice Mark

Comment by Dorothy Macready on January 12, 2019 at 4:55pm

The perspective and detail are outstanding.  I take my hat off to you: you are such a fine draughtsman with an abundance of patience.

Comment by Paul Dodd on January 13, 2019 at 12:18am

Its fantastic Mark, yorkshire has so much to offer for an artist, those people who put up these bridges certainly made them to last.

Comment by Martin Watkins on January 13, 2019 at 1:25pm

If I could do that Mark I would be on cloud nine  ! You're stuff is real quality matey.

Comment by Cathey E. DeRosa on January 14, 2019 at 6:16am

Mark, I can't believe I actually got on this site.

Millstone Grit was worth 8 months. It portrays Hebdon Bridge to perfection. You are way too hard on yourself. You apparently have no idea what some would give to have your talent.

Comment by Mark Bedwell on January 14, 2019 at 6:18am

Martin Watkins, Paul Dodd, Dorothy Macready, Pat, Marilyn G, P.J Fields, Kathy Orrell, Mary Rogers and John R.......Thank you all.

Comment by Angela Harrison on January 14, 2019 at 6:40am

These bridges take some careful planning and designing, a lovely scene of Hebdon Bridge, and the pen/ink work is superb, the solid brick-work and soft leaves from the Weeping Willow, shadows and surface upon the water!   

Mark this is fine work indeed!  

Comment by Anne Withers on January 14, 2019 at 3:57pm

Amazing as usual.


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