Inktober 2017: ‘Underwater’

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Inktober is an annual international fun challenge for whomever cares to participate. The Inktober organisers post a list of numbered daily ideas for ‘inspiration’ for each day of the month of October, and respondents are then invited to post one original pen and ink piece per day, based on that ‘inspiration’ , on their favourite pen and ink site.

It’s fun and quite challenging. Herewith another example that I I have submitted for Inktober 2017.

Inktober Challenge. ‘Underwater’.
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‘Underwater’ (My interpretation of the word ‘Underwater’).

Technical Details: Unipin 0.8 nib black-ink pen on white 80gsm A4 paper.
Dimensions: 5 in. x 3.5 in.

Note: This scene frequently occurs in abandoned mines (in this instance a gold mine), where water gradually encroaches on the workings, and covers all that has been left behind, often to a considerable depth.. In the image, the rails of the railway along which the ore wagons used to run can be seen below water level, while the light from the viewer’s lamp reflects off the walls of the working and the water while also illuminating other parts of the mine visible in the distance.

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Inktober 2017: ‘Underwater’

INKTOBER 2017: ‘Swift’.

Inktober is an annual international fun challenge for whomever cares to participate. The Inktober organisers post a list of numbered daily ideas for ‘inspiration’ for each day of the month of October, and respondents are then invited to post one original pen and ink piece per day, based on that ‘inspiration’ , on their favourite pen and ink site.

It’s fun and quite challenging, and I will be posting  some examples that I I have submitted for Inktober 2017

Inktober topic: ‘Swift’
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‘Swift’ (Aka ;Down in the weeds’ ).

(Supermarine Swift FR.5 of  79 SQN RAF on low-level, high-speed reconnaissance mission).

Technical Details: Drawn with Staedtler 0.05.0.1 and 0.3 in black-in pens on white cartridge notebook paper of unknown weight.

Note: The image depicts my all-time favourite jet fighter aircraft (the Supermarine Swift) in its low-level Fighter-Reconnaissance (F.R.) tole at very low altitude while undertaking a photographic reconnaissance sortie . The title ‘Down in the weeds’ reflects the fact that these aircraft flew at very low altitudes (tree height or lower), while the enemy is way above (visible at top left) and, due to the Swift’s camouflage and speed, is unable to see what is going-on below.

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INKTOBER 2017: ‘Swift’.

Pages from a Sketchbook: Te Kereru Mining & Investment Co. Ltd. Tramway. Locomotive No.3.

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Te Kereru Mining & Investment Co. Ltd.

Locomotive Shed

(The expired locomotive is visible to the left of the shed lean-to and alongside the outfall of battery water into the tailings dam).

(Copyright 2017)

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Te Kereru Mining & Investment Co. Ltd., Part of 50-stamp Battery.

(The ‘expired’ lcoomotive is visible to the right of the ‘Primary Ore Bins’ shed).

(Copyright 2017)

It has been a while since I have posted any of my sketches on this page, but as has been explained before, I use my sketchbooks as tools, to ‘test’ possibilities before either putting them into practice or abandoning them. What results are essentially ‘Proof of Concept’ drawings, on the basis of which decisions are made.What follows is the latest example of this:

Recently Te Kereru Mining and Investment Co. Ltd. ‘s locomotive No.3 expired. As it seemed a shame to send it to the scrapmetal dealer it needed to be placed somewhere ‘out of the way’, but where? Two locations suggested themselves (at the Locomotive shed and at the Battery) and to see if they were feasible, two drawings that apear above were made. A decision is pending…

Technical Details: Unipin black-ink pen (various nib sizes) on 110gsm white cartridge paper in sketchbook form.

 

Pages from a Sketchbook: Te Kereru Mining & Investment Co. Ltd. Tramway. Locomotive No.3.

PAGES FROM A SKETCHBOOK: THINGS THAT ARE DRAWN ON WET AFTERNOONS…

A wet afternoon (despite it being high summer), so herewith some doodles. I trust they will be of interest.  These are examples of the sorts of machinery and structures associated with underground (reef/hard-rock) gold mining on New Zealand’s Coromandel peninsula during the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries.

Media: Unipin-brand black-ink pen (0.1 mm nib) on A5-sized 140gsm white cartridge paper.

All images are copyright.

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POPPETT HEAD 

Also known as ‘Headframes’, these structures are placed at the surface (top) of vertical shafts, and, through the use of cables and cages (the equivalent of elevator cars) raise and lower men and materials to various places within the mine.

The various biuldings associated with the mine are visible in the background, with the most important being the Winding Engine House immediately behind the ‘head which contains a steam-powered winch. This uses cables, led over large-diameter wheels placed on the top of the ‘head and attached to the roofs of the cages to haul these  the cages up and down in response to set bell-signals from the miners travelling within them.

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Poppett Head and Winding-Engine House with surface buildings,. The flag visible on the on flagpole indicates that Company is on gold.

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Winding-engine house and Poppet Head (Headframe), with another Poppet Head and Mullock (waste rock) heap in distance. Ore bin visible at lower right.

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Locomotive No.2 at ore bins. Mullock (Waste rock) heap visible at right.

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 Tramway locomotive setting back (Reversing) with a rake of ore wagons into Battery / Reduction works.
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 Battery / Reduction-works, showing cyanide plant and associated buildings. A water-race is visible in upper-left background, tramway trestle to upper right. 
PAGES FROM A SKETCHBOOK: THINGS THAT ARE DRAWN ON WET AFTERNOONS…