Monday, 29 June 2009

Holiday sketchbook

I'm planning on keeping a sketchbook diary this summer. I'll be on holiday for 4 weeks starting the coming weekend, and plan on using my watercolour Moleskine as a journal. I haven't quite decided whether I'll be using it for the entire 4 weeks holiday, or just the 2 weeks I'll be in France, but I'm leaning towards the whole holiday - maybe a combination of the watercolour book for travel journalling, and my pocket sketchbook for extra drawing.

How are your plans for the summer? Anybody travelling? Planning on keeping a travel sketchbook? I'm not going to be able to scan any art while I'm travelling, but I might upload the occasional cameraphone snapshot - it's a nice way to keep in touch, and I'm no good at writing letters when I'm off exploring.

I'm really looking forward to this summer.

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Nocturnal peonie

nocturnal peonie

Drawing all the soft petals reminded me of Japanese woodcuts of crysanthemums, hence the final look of the piece.

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Summer games

My work place held a summer party at a colleague's place yesterday, and we started the evening off playing games outside on the grass.

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I did a few sketches of my colleagues when I wasn't taking part in the fun.



Ink pen in pocket sketchbook.

Sunday, 7 June 2009


Trying out the colours in my new pocket watercolour set to see what they are capable of.

colour palette

Saturday, 6 June 2009

New sketch-kit

I went out and put together a small watercolour sketch-kit today.

Watercolour sketch-kit

It's a watercolour Moleskine that I've had for at least 6 months, but never gotten around to trying out yet, a compact pocket size watercolour box that packs 6 pans or 12 half-pans, a Letraset waterbrush, kneaded rubber and a short 2B pencil that fits inside the watercolour box.

Watercolour sketch-kit

I got 3 whole pans and 3 half-pans for the watercolour box. The half-pans are for experimenting with which colours I want besides Golden Ochre, Burnt Umber and Payne's Grey, which is what I got in full pans. My goal is to find the perfect combination of 6, to keep the colours in check.

garden sketching

I did a small trial tonight in my new pocket Moleskine sketchbook, drawing and colouring some of the Arctic poppies in the garden. The sketchbook paper is difficult to paint on, but I could experiment a bit with the brush, and it dispenses water just fine and is easy to work with. I put a pan of Russian Green and a half pan of Dark Madder I found in a studio drawer in the box as well.

opening pages

Next will be to try out the watercolour sketchbook.