How To Draw and Paint A Lighthouse

Timelapse video showing how to draw a lighthouse directly with ink and how to enhance it with a watercolor wash.

Diana Vogt

10/15/20231 min read

Ink & Watercolor Lighthouse | Ink & Wash Timelapse

This timelapse video is the second installment of my own personal Inktober 2023 challenge, titled "October 2023 Ink Series". Since I was unable to commit to the daily/weekly prompts of the official Inktober challenge, (because I don't do well with prompts, lol), I basically came up with my own version:

To draw freehand, directly with ink, using nothing but one of my favorite calligraphy fountain pens - the Sailor Fude De Mannen with a 40 degree nib. I determined to be as detailed as possible to show off all the ink. Another focus of my challenge was to mainly draw architecture, because that's fun for me. Since I'm also a watercolor artist, I added the option of applying watercolor to the finished illustrations, but it was not one of the requirements since the main focus was to be the ink.

This lighthouse illustration ended up being the second illustration that I did add watercolor to. The first one was the illustration featured in the previous video - the Gustav Adolf Stave Church in Hahnenklee, a borough of Goslar in the Harz mountains.

Green and White Lighthouse - Ink & Wash - by artist Diana Vogt
Green and White Lighthouse - Ink & Wash - by artist Diana Vogt

Materials List:

Canson XL Series Wirebound Watercolor Sketchbook (9x12in.):

Sailor Fude De Mannen Fountain Pen (40 degree nib):

Sailor Fountain Pen Converter (for the ink):

Waterproof Ink - Noodler's Lexington Gray:

Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolor Studio Set:

Escoda Travel Brushes:

Winsor & Newton Cotman Short Handle Brushes:

POSCA Paint Marker in White: