I was originally going to draw Apollo and his lyre and then I thought “Apollo’s Lyre” sounds like the name of a pub. Famous last words; this took me about nine hours to draw and colour, as it was very fiddly. Along the way I started to call this “The Grape & Lyre” and then realizing I wouldn’t have room for that much lettering or a grape vine I changed it to “The Green Lyre.”
After I did the wrought iron work on top and drew out the dimensions of the sign, I realized that I was left with a more square shape rather than rectangular. So I just went with that and realized (yet again) that what I draw becomes believable, just because that’s the way it works.
This was the first time I’ve used the Lamy Safari pen for inking a piece of art and it went beautifully. It has a softer feel to it than the Pilot Metropolitan I previously tried to use, so it doesn’t hurt my hand as much to do linework or hatching with it.
I also had to keep reminding myself that this was a sketch not a watercolour painting. Nine hours. Perfectionistic goofball, let it go!!
Materials I used:
Staedtler 2H pencil
Staedtler Karat Aquarelle watercolour pencils
Van Gogh watercolours
Prismacolor coloured pencils
Lamy Safari pen with Noodler’s Lexington Gray ink