Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Scratching the itch.

I had that desperate urge to throw out a painting but no time to dip my brushes in water. I scratched my itch with a very quick sketch using my favourite medium, non-permanent ink and a wet brush. My 'instrument of choice' is an Aquabrush. Since these contain their own water they are perfect for taking out into the field. I find these quick ink sketches to be excellent exercises ... not only do they help practice our drawing skills but they're great at building confidence. When you're sketching with a pen you have to just go for it!!!

5 comments:

  1. Nice sketch, John, and nice to see a different treatment of that wonderful old barn - is this in your neck of the woods? I love the Pentel/Derwent waterbrushes too - great for no-mess lightweight plein-aire sketching!

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  2. Thank you Michael. No, the old shed isn't local to me. I copied it from a photo taken by a friend while on holiday here in the UK. The photo was conveniently in front of me when I picked up my pen.

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  3. That's great advice and I love the sketch too :0)

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  4. Thanks Sandra. It's not a patch on the first one but was great fun in it's own way. ;-)

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