Rural Route One - Artist Vincent Whitehead ballpoint pen art
Previously on the drawing board

50% of the proceeds of each print sold will go directly
to the restoration project for the Depot.

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Ft. Jenings Depot

Here we are at the final installment of this current work in progress. The grass and foliage work was somewhat time consuming but, well worth it. I enjoy this type of work almost as much as the tree work.

I did the foliage work in the weeds in the foreground before moving to the grass. This was done since the weeds are the closest to the viewer. Once the weeds and taller grass in this foliage area was completed I moved to the grass working from the farthest point away from the viewer toward the bottom of the page and closest to the viewer.

The grass is a swale type grass which grows wild and is curled and sometimes twisted by the wind. It can be somewhat thick in places and trying to walk through it can prove to be a work out. Depicting this in drawings can be a challenge. I used short, fine line strokes to accomplish the desired affect here in the shorter grasses. I work in a circular direction completing small areas and moving toward the right and then to a lower section from where I started. This helps me keep my hand out of my work and also gives a more consistent flow of work.

If you were to work your grass lines from left to right and then drop down below that line and start again to work from left to right you would begin to see an affect like that of using a typewriter across the page. This doesn't look very real and is quite distracting to the viewer.

Gradually working with longer and somewhat darker lines I moved through the grass increasing the curves and flow of the grass. These lines are very light in tone and can be gradually darker as they get closer to the viewer. I use the Fine point pen to accomplish this.

I gradually change over to the medium point pen as I get closer the bottom of the page. The medium point pen helps to create those grass images that tell the minds eye that you are close to the grass in this area and helps build the depth into the overall image.

I had in mind to put a special little something in this scene that could be a point of interest to me as I look at it. It also became a bit of a small challenge for me to the viewer. I decided to put a small bunny in the drawing. It is hiding in the scene. I wont tell you where, but I will let you find it on your own. :)

This one is done now and it has been fun. Remember, these Limited Edition Print sales are going to help in the restoration project started by Doctor Klir. Half the sale price goes directly to the project. Once the project is completed I will be doing another drawing of the Depot. It will be a full color drawing done in a mixed medium of Pen & Ink and PRISMA Colors. The sales of this print will go to help preserve the Depot and improve the displays there.

I hope you have enjoyed watching this one come to life on the page and I also hope you have picked up a few tips that have helped you in your drawing work. Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have in regards to how things were done in this piece or any others on my site. And as always please feel free to and I will get back to you as soon as possible.


"Ft. Jennings Depot"

Hello everyone. It has been quite a while since I last posted a new project here on my Work In Progress page. That is due in part to a couple of different things.

First, I wanted to give as much time to the "765 Alive & Well" drawing as I possibly could and secondly, due to some health issues. In November 2006 I had two heart attacks and then in January 2007 I had my right hip replaced. Now that I am on the mend and looking forward to a much healthier time I wanted to do something along the same theme as the 765 drawing.

Railroad history, as you know from the last piece, is a love of mine and has been since I was a small boy. I heard of a project through my mother that sounded very interesting. Her family doctor and his father were involved in restoring the abandon railroad Depot that originally serviced the Ft. Jennings, Ohio section for the Clover Leaf Subdivision of the Nickel Plate Railroad.

The Ft. Jennings Depot was built in the early 1920's, approx 1922, and served the line as a combination Freight & Passenger Depot until 1969 when it was sold to a Mr. Biedenhorn. Mr. Biedenhorn was the last agent to run the facility. After purchasing the building, Mr. Biedenhorn had the structure moved to private property near Cloverdale, Ohio where it stands today.

The property and the Depot structure were purchased by Doctor Wesley Klir. After purchasing the property and the structure and finding out the history behind the Depot, he decided that it should be restored.

Doctor Klir approached the Ft. Jennings town leaders about his plans and they had no monies set aside for such a project. After discussing the venture with his family, his father decided to pitch in with the effort and they have been diligently working on it for the past few years. The dismantling project is all but finished now and they hope to start the new construction of the foundation and sub-framing this spring and summer. Their projected completion and grand opening of the restored Depot is 2008 - 2009 depending on how quickly they can raise funding for the construction and enlist actual physical laborers to help.

Doctor Klir has been acquiring many items of historical significance for the Depot to be placed in the newly restored building to make the project complete. It is his hope to open the Depot up to the public and the school students as a Valuable Historic Landmark to show how important the Depot an the Railroads were to the lives of the people in the area.

After hearing of this project and talking with Doctor Klir, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I have decided to do TWO drawings of the Depot. The first, as it was when Doctor Klir saw it and became inspired to do the restoration work. Then, one of the completed Depot. The completed Depot drawing will be in done in Color with an ink-work base. The initial drawing, pre-restoration, is done in 100% acid free Ball Point Pen Ink.

I hope that this initial drawing will instill a love for the structure and the need for the restoration of this and those few remaining buildings out there as Historical Landmark. Scenes like this all too often go unnoticed and fall by the way side in today's hectic life. Buildings that once were main causeways of everyday life eventually loose their importance and are sadly destroyed to make way for "progress", while Valuable Historical Landmarks are lost forever.

To help in this worthy cause, I have decided to do this drawing and make available to the pubic a run of ONLY 100 signed and numbered Limited Editions.

  • 50% of each print sold will go directly to the restoration project for the Depot.
  • The Limited Editions will be 10" x 12" and on 100 lb., acid free Hammer Mill, Heavy Cover Stock which is the same support as what the original is done on.
  • The first 25 of these will be sold as Artists Proofs with a special inscription from myself and will be accompanied by a signed Certificate Of Authenticity.
  • They will be priced at $40.00 each plus shipping.
  • The remaining 75 Limited Edition Prints will be signed and numbered and will be accompanied by a signed Certificate Of Authenticity and will sell for $30.00 each plus shipping.

The Artist Proofs and Limited Edition Prints can be purchased directly from this website by using the shopping cart system in place. The shipping will be automatically added to your purchase. If you prefer, you may directly and purchase them by direct payment in a form other than the PayPal Shopping Cart that is provided here on my site.

THE PRINTS ARE AVAILABLE NOW! So, order today before they sell out.

Thank you for watching and KEEP ON CREATING !