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Betws Y Coed, Snowdonia

March 22, 2016

After climbing Snowdon in the snow I, along with the Cardiff School of Art and Design Illustration students I’d gone with, spent some time in the beautiful little town of Betws Y Coed. A hub for walkers and climbers from all over the world who come to Snowdonia to experience the high peaks and exceptional countryside on offer. I sat under a bridge to make this drawing. It was made using Derwent Graphik Line Maker’s (Which Derwent were kind enough to send me to try out) and water colour.

The pen’s flowed well, and were good to use. The colour was a good black. However the ink is not as waterproof as the pens I normally use and so when I started adding the watercolour wash the ink bled in places. This is not the end of the world once you’re aware of it. It may be that the ink just takes a little longer to dry which, when you’re sketching outdoors and time is of the essence, not the best. I was working in a Moleskin notebook.



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