i love sketching with colored pens. i also notice that i seem to prefer a thicker tip. the blue ink above is from the pigma micron 08.
i brought a pencil, but it annoyed me to do a full sketch in pencil then go over it in pen, so i stopped using the pencil after awhile and just took my chances. this accounts for some of the wonky shapes. i need to learn to use the pencil to lightly lay in a few lines WITHOUT detailing the entire scene.
i tried very hard not to paint red stitches on everything. um. but it was hard. the pen above was the water soluble elegant writer. i like how the ink turns blue and pinkish, but i didn't like the calligraphy tip. i learned about that pen and also how to do these faded stenciled letters below from the jacqueline newbold dvd i mentioned in posts before i left for italy. i learn so much from just watching other people model their process.
i do do do love this bright blue ink!
it was difficult for me to understand how to draw a landscape with a zillion plants and not draw the zillions of accompanying leaves. i studied some sketchbooks on flickr before i left and tried to see how different artists approached this. as with everything else involving a new skill, easier seen than done!
i sat at the window and drew this scene. very engrossing. meditative.
i drew from life half the time and the other half drew from ipad pics i took specifically with the intent to sketch.
this firewood gave me a run for my money! i sketched it first with a faber castell pitt artist pen. i've had 2 of these pens, 1 brown, 1 sienna for at least 6 or 7 years and haven't used them so i brought them with me. i like them more than the pigma microns and when those run out of ink i'll replace them with the pitt pens.
the postcard above is one of only a handful i bought. usually i buy tons of postcards! in fact i bought very little on this trip other than a couple of ceramic pieces made in spoleto. i had some leftover euros from venice and took those to umbria and they lasted me the entire trip and i only used my atm card once to make a purchase! that's never happened before. and chances are good that it will never happen again!
italian air kisses to all of you for the comments on my last post. i had fun reading them and smiling. and especially thanks to liv for your email from sweden. she is advising me on possible locations to visit. frankly, that makes my heart go boom boom boom and my tail go thump thump.
happy mother's day cute peeps!