Wintery day

Blustery and overcast winters day in Perth….quick sketch of the Cottesloe Pylon with the waves rolling in…

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TWSBI Fude sketch

More playing around with the Fude nib… beginning to get the hang of it…have to hold the pen at different angles to lay down the variety of line widths, larger arm movement than small hand movements….a unique way of drawing but in a good way…..A view out across the roof tops looking towards Kings Park, Perth.

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).

Direct watercolour (no ink)….

Having a go at Marc Holme’s #30x30DirectWatercolor2018 challenge (and it is a challenge) – the idea is to paint something (anything) in watercolour only – no ink or pencil lines and post the painting each day for the month of June. Here’s a few efforts painted down at my favourite place – the local beach. The thing that’s tricky with painting directly with paint is that there’s no drawing “scaffolding” to guide where to place the paint – you have to have a pretty good idea of the finished painting in your head. It’s harder to fix up mistakes in watercolour than other paint mediums so planning ahead is a really important part of the process (which is a good thing to learn and practise).

Cafe People

Sketching people in cafes is one of my favourite things to do….a good coffee, read the newspaper then find someone else doing the same and sketch them very quickly without them noticing. I draw directly in ink without pencil under-drawing for two reasons….Firstly because an under-drawing adds extra time (which I don’t have)….. Secondly because drawing directly with ink forces me to look really closely to the subject before putting ink on the page….with waterproof ink I’m totally committed to each line (I do make mistakes but they are either incorporated into the final picture or simply ignored – life is not perfect either). Before putting pen to paper I decide on the story I want to tell and develop a mental image of how I want the final sketch to look – the composition on the page – what will be included / how much / where to place things for maximum effect. I usually start drawing a person with the nearest eye and draw out from there, looking for connecting and intersecting lines – assessing the geometry of the face (drawing is a really about triangulation). The drawing on this probably took about 15 minutes, with about 20 minutes for watercolour – adding paint into already wet washes to get graded colour. As for the choice of subject (or victim!)…. anyone who has just sat down with a full cup (so I know they will be there for a little while). Interesting faces and expressions (some people get involved with the news articles and make lots of facial expressions when reading). The guy below had a lovely soft white beard and thinning hair on top that I wanted to try to capture…..

Kailis Fish Market Leederville

Popped into Kailis Fish Market in Leederville and sketched some of the lovely fish on display, all stacked up in ice chips. The staff were great letting me sketch and kept looking over to see how the sketch was going. Only 4 colours needed for this – Quin Gold, Permanent Rose, Cobalt Blue and Hansa Yellow Medium. Holcroft sketch and draw diary (A6) with Pentel waterbrushes, TWSBI Eco fountain pen and De Atramentis Document Black ink.

Perth World Fringe Festival

Out with the Urban Sketchers Perth yesterday morning in the heart of Perth – The Cultural Centre (next to the state Art Gallery and State Library). Lots of bright and colourful tents and kiosks for the entertainment (shows and bars only open in the evenings). The pink fence was back again this year (I sketched it 2 years ago on our inaugural sketch-meet, don’t have much opportunity to use Permanent Rose straight from the pan, contrasted with the golden yellow of the tent below….