Saturday, 28 February 2015
A busy day today, including a visit to the framer's, a conciliatory hot chocolate for my children who were obliged to accompany me, and a jaunt to Avebury to meet friends. It mostly didn't rain while we were in Avebury itself - or at least, I don't think it did. We did spend quite a bit of time in the pub over our lunch.
The sketches were all made before lunch, and were all done in indigo ink with the Japanese calligraphy pen that I mentioned (and illustrated) in "Little Extras".
Friday, 27 February 2015
There are many little extras that can be added to my minimal small sketchbook and pen or pencil. Some of the stuff I frequently take out with me on "spec" includes:
- An alternative pen or pencil, either to use with the main drawing tool or simply to ring the changes. It's remarkable how effective soft graphite is in combination with black ink.
- A small collection of coloured pens or pencils.There are a few "collections" that I have prepacked into small pencil cases - the Inktense pencils, with a waterbrush, are shown in the illustration above.
Other collections include:
Six earth-toned Derwent Drawing pencils, two graphite sticks (4B, 6B), an HB pencil and a black pen.
A small tin with six watercolour pencils in it. They are rather nice watercolour pencils - Caran D'Ache Museum Auarelle - and consist of two sets of primaries - a cool red/blue/yellow, and a warm one.
The remnants of a prepacked Sketching Set from WHSmith's. It still contains a graphite stick, a carbon pencil, a sketching white pencil, a sanguine oil pencil, a very short sepia pastel pencil, a sanguine pastel stick, and a richly dark carbon stick.
("Carbon" refers to an amorphous form of the element, also known as "lamp black". It is, effectively, soot - nice soot. It is the same sort of thing used to make Indian Ink.)
A selection of rollerball pens, in as many different colours as possible.
A pencil case full of Molotow paint markers.
- A small watercolour set. This is a bit more ambitious and would normally require the further addition of a more appropriate sketchpad (with heavier paper) and a small bottle of clean water.
Thursday, 26 February 2015
Sunday, 15 February 2015
And there was leisure a-plenty at the pub.
But we had to walk home, and the sun was setting, so I was still drawing on the hoof...
These three people were not the best subject for a walk-and-draw, but they looked interesting silhouetted against the sky.
Wednesday, 11 February 2015
Tuesday, 10 February 2015
Monday, 9 February 2015
|Minimal sketch kit|
Sketches can be done in pretty much any medium that you can think of. (And possibly some that you can't.)
It's largely down to what's available. But if you are reasonably well organised, you can make a point of carrying a few items around with you, and so making your favoured implements available when required...
I usually carry a small sketchbook and a few stick-like implements (pens and pencils) around with me, but planned sketching expeditions can be more expansively catered for by packing sketching stuff into a nice, big bag (a satchel is a good choice).
Minimal sketching kitillustrated above (in Uniball gel pens on black paper)
This consists of a small (usually hardback) book and a pen.
Sometimes I take a pencil instead; sometimes I expand it slightly with another pen or a small pouch/case/tin of other stuff. I like to vary the other stuff, but there are a few standby collections, usually involving colour.
Sunday, 8 February 2015
The missiles are gone. The bunkers remain. Behind double razor wire fences... (which recently served to keep the public out of the Star Wars film set that appeared there).
My sketch-as-I-walk (it was a family walk on the common; time was limited) was done using a Japanese calligraphy pen with added graphite. The writing was done while, ahem, stationary. (There's a pun in there somewhere).
Saturday, 7 February 2015
I had to be quite quick - it was cold out there!
As well as the three sketches of the church, I also turned to the woods and a fabulous yew within the churchyard with stonework leaing up against it, and ivy-covered crosses... perhaps some people like their churchyards neat and tidy, but I do rather like to see evidence of nature and the passage of time.
All sketches done using the Japanese calligraphy pen, with graphite added to the churchyard.
Friday, 6 February 2015
|From Waitrose's car park|
(Japanese calligraphy pen and blue gel pen)
|From The Swan's car park|
(Derwent Graphik Line Painters)
And I had some time left over, so I drove to the outskirts and parked in a pub car park for ten minutes. I didn't dare go further out of town in case I got caught the wrong side of the level crossing; I had to be somewhere in Thatcham promptly! The canal was invisible, the hills nearly so; but there were plenty of trees and the footbridge over the railway mad an interesting focal point.
Thursday, 5 February 2015
|A small study of a pretty, sunlit wave at Praa Sands|
From a photoraphic reference
Watercolour (with masking fluid)
There is probably several posts worth of thinking to come up with related to that, though.
In the meantime, meet masking fluid:
You can, of course, just leave the area untouched - but that isn't always easy to do if your watercolour is wet and washy, or even if you just forget in the splashiness of the moment. Masked areas have hard edges, which may or may not be required (they can be softened with water), but which can be hard to achieve without masking.
Anyway, this is my first ever bottle of masking fluid. So far, it's proving to be really rather effective. Good for foam on waves and highlights on bottles...
Wednesday, 4 February 2015
Tuesday, 3 February 2015
Monday, 2 February 2015
Rotring Artpen and graphite