One of my favourite places in Paphos is the Archaeological Park near the harbour area and the ruined Medieval fortress Saranta Kolones (Forty Columns Castle) is one of the most intriguing structures in the area. I’ve drawn it a few times in the past and it’s an interesting subject to work on. For this piece, I thought it might be a good way to try a slightly different approach to drawing, so I worked on a sketch with a blue biro pen:

saranta-kolones-paphos-drawing

I used to draw a lot in biro but as most of my commissions now are for pen and ink drawings it has been a while since I used this medium. I’d forgotten how good it is to draw with and how easy it is to get more depth into an image as – unlike with black ink – you can vary the darkness of the line and add shaded areas of different depths very easily. I’m hoping to manage a few more of these over the next few weeks – quite apart from anything else – it makes a nice change to be drawing places in my local area; Cyprus has some beautiful ruins, architecture and villages and it would be good to explore some of these a little more.