Coffee Lab

Cal 2

So, at my demos and workshops, and for the upcoming workshop at the USk Chi Seminar July 9th, I will stress the value of a range of pens, brushes and mediums so that you don’t overwork your tool. As you can see in the top color drawing in a cafe, I still have much to describe, should I want to push this drawing further. And if you notice the scale of marks relative to the size of the page and surfaces described, I would have benefitted from big brushes or markers. It’s one of the reason so many people who sketch in public or dynamic environmets gravitate towards watercolor because of it’s coverage and how easy it is to vary the values. Compare this to the following drawings below where I had several values in varied nib widths, the 2 monochrome drawings in the cafes were done in the same amount of time, the cemetery required a bit more time, but the ability to cover the page and build value and volume and create the drama of light I was after were due to working with several tools with a range of attributes that also make for a drawing rich with descriptive marks. After returning home, I worked further on the drawing based on memory and prior notes. Cheers, and see you at the Urbane Sketchers Chicago Drawing Seminar July 9th and 10th.

Calvary 2

image The dudeSteel Yard

Faber-Castell Pitt Pens and various fountain pens rolled with Platinum Carbon Ink in an unlined Rhodia, a Moleskine watercolor sketchbook, Strathmore Toned Sketchbook and a ledger book.

Using an Appropriate Range of Drawing Tools

  • May 19th, 2016
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The Old Salt

Recently traveled to Hot ‘Lanta to work with # 1 sidekick, Franz Spohn. Caught Derr Franz up to his usual doings and dilemmas.

In das cab

Crossworder Franz & Gil Franziepan  Das penciller

Sketchbooks used – Tomoe River Paper and a Rhodia unlined landscape format sketchbook. The usual suspects as to drawing tools- fountain pens, Faber-Castell Basic Black Leather fountain pen, Pitt Artist Brush Pens, Platinum Carbon ink, and a touch of White China Marker, aka the grease pencil.

Herr Franz in Atlanta

  • May 16th, 2016
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While in Vancouver BC, I set about town with filmmaker Ryan Mund and his wee GoPro. Gear used in this video: a Moleskine landscape format watercolour sketchbook, Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Brush Pens, and a Faber-Castell Basic Black Leather fountain pen, Platinum Carbon ink.

Sketch Tutorialissmo

  • May 8th, 2016
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Evanston St*rb¥€k$

Oops, this got posted as if It was done in the Northwest. It wasn’t. It’s a northwest based corporate coffee shop, which, is just 2 blocks from my Midwest residence. Flt home

Land this was the flight home.

N center  E PO

N Center NU at lunch (l) Evanston PO (r)

CSO w/Haitink. CSO

At the CSO, Mozart & Strauss conductor Haitink. Both pieces great, but the Strauss Alpine Symphony just bowled me over.

transit nap x3  Josh on Amtrak sketching in 30th StSt

Dude sketching the transit passengers in 30th Street St. Above him is conductor Josh of Amtrak.

 

WW II monument Bronze Angel

So, I arrived in Philadelphia by Amtrak to the beautious 30th Street Station, one of my favorite public transit centers in the country, and had time to kill so down I sat to grab a sketch of the Bronze statue dedicated to Railroad employees who died serving in the armed forces during WWII. The statue was by Walter Hancock who taught at the Pennsyvania Academy of Fine Arts and during WWIi, was one of the” Monuments Men” whose exploits and mission was made famous in the George Clooney film of the same name. The actor John Goodman’s character was based on Walter Hancock. The drawing on the right was posted earlier and is a memorial sculpture to the fallen Canadian Rail workers from both WW I and II, copies of which can be seen in a number of Canadian cities, Vancouver being home to this one.

Drawn in  Rhodia unlined sketchbook, and a Tomoe River Paper sketchbook using Pitt Artist Brush Pens and various ni sizes of the Pitt Pens. Also fountain pens, Pelikan M215, and Faber-Castell Basic Black Leather fountain pen filled with Platinum Carbon ink.

 

Back To Chicago Only To Bounce Out East

  • May 6th, 2016
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Mount Vernon

Conducted drawing worships in Mount Vernon, Bellingham and Seattle. The weather reverted back to Northwest fame.

Still Noodling in the Northwest

  • May 5th, 2016
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