St. Thaddeus Monastery

#ink #sketch of the "black" #church

This ink illustration of one of the oldest standing monasteries in the world, is located in Iran‘s Western Azerbaijan Province. This monastery is also known as the Black Church. Early parts of the church were built using black and white stones, hence its name “The Black Church”. 

The illustration was initially sketches out with pencils and the outlined with a Pentel ink brush. Finer details were added using Staedtler pigment liners as well as a quill with indian ink. Finally I added ink washes to add some more depths as well as the texture in the background.

Death is the bitter truth

More lines, more wash... #ink #illustration #skulls #life #death #childhood

Life is a sweet lie and death is the bitter truth.

This sketch was done real quickly. I experimented with ink washes, laying down various layers starting from light to dark. When I create an illustration, I find that the most difficult part is when to stop! Often my drawings are overly detailed. In the future I will try to establish more controlled brush strokes and lines.

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