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

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