Black Swan Prize – Live Portrait Challenge – 2018 – Cathedral Square – Grace Barbé

The Black Swan Prize are organising three live portrait challenges – a model is provided (and shade gazebo), anyone can join in, you have two hours to paint or draw in what ever medium you like…..This week it was Grace Barbé and beautiful singer originally from the Seychelles. Grace was wearing a gorgeous green patterned shirt and lots of colourful jewellery so I got a bit carried away with the greens in the shadows, but it was great to have a go at painting her….TWSBI Eco fountain pen with EF fude nib, De Atramentis document Urban Grey ink, various watercolours with Pentel and Kuretake waterbrushes on Winsor and Newton heavyweight cartridge sketchbook.

Final sketch of an artist deep in concentration, squinting to see the value changes…..

 

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Six colour limited palette

I’ve been tinkering with a very limited 6 colour palette for quick and secretive sketches….in a cafe I like to add colour if I can but sometimes don’t want to draw attention by unfolding a larger palette. That’s where the “mini” palette comes out to play, the tin cost about $4 and the lid and base were already coated with enamel paint so I just put a couple of strips of blue tack on the base. The tin only holds 6 half-pans and is small enough to fit in the palm of my hand….the below sketch is on an A6 notebook which hides inside my fauxdori, combined with a small waterbrush I can happily paint…. Colours I have below are: Hansa yellow medium, Burnt sienna, Permanent rose, Winsor red, Pthalo blue (green shade) & Ultramarine blue. The sketch was drawn with my TWSBI Eco fountain pen and EF fude nib in De Atramentis document black ink.

 

South Perth – Swan River

A lovely spring day for a cycle ride around the Swan River, lots of people out enjoying the Sunday sunshine. This is the view from the Riverside Cafe at Barrack Street, the Swan river has a tinge of brown in the water….all the recent rain must have washed some dirt down from the Darling Range….

TWSBI with Fude nib….

Playing around with a new nib….a “fude” (deliberately bent) nib for my TWSBI Eco fountain pen – now I can get line variation with the huge ink capacity of the TWSBI design (this pen doesn’t take ink cartridges – the ink is contained in the body of the pen – insert the nib into a bottle of ink and twist the other end to operate the plunger to suck in the ink).