Thursday, 29 September 2011




0.3 mm Artpen, blue, brown, and grey Pitt brush markers, ochre and a touch of red colour pencils.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

On the mend

Finally recovering. Here are some sketches I haven't posted before.


unfinished page


Pitt brush markers, mostly. Top drawing in pocket size sketchbook, bottom two in larger sketchbook journal.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Garden sketching

Another sketch done yesterday. Tried simplifying the subject and working with the strong contrasts of a sunny day.

moleskine watercolour

september garden sketching
you can click through this one to see a frame around the subject matter on Flickr - it is just visible in the background.

september garden

Watercolour in A4 moleskine. I did a fair bit of mixing since my palette contains neither a green nor a black. Gamboge Lake yellow, cerulean blue, Payne's grey, burnt umber, and a bit of dirty leftover colours in the mixing pan.

Monday, 19 September 2011

September sun

Finally a day with sun and no rain. I wrapped up and sketched a bit outside in the garden, as I'm still nursing a light atumnal cold.

sketching hens

garden sketching setup

a page of fowl

Working in my large watercolour moleskine. I seem to be confusing myself a bit technique-wise by skipping back and forth between using waterbrushes and regular brushes. Regular sable brush and water in a glass today.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Indoor drawing

The weather is completely unpredictable and I am tired. Drawing indoors today.

looking out

Our shoes stand abandoned in the hall.


Not feeling up to taking on the watercolours proper today, just a bit of scrubby wash on the top sketch. The sketchbook paper is coated and fights the paint, so I don't worry about control when working in this book since the paper will win out anyway. It's great for markers though.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Evening sketch

Day off - writing letters, visiting friend. Just a quick evening sketch while watching yet another information poor, drama rich election campaign reportage.

more election campaign reportages

Pencil, waterbrush and watercolours in moleskine sketchbook.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011


Wrestling with my watercolours today, feeling overwhelmed by the medium and my lack of control.

in progress
I've put this drawing on hold for the time being.

Since all my energy goes into learning by doing I decided to abandon attempts at getting a specific effect/result and just see what happened, so I've been experimenting a bit today with different ways of using the paint.

sketchbook page
Splashing paint on wet in wet, then adding detail with touches of paint and drawing with watercolour pencils.

Quick ink pen sketch with watercolour washes on top.

watercolour orchid
Paint and watercolour pencils.

I think I just need to keep gathering experiences with the paint, and eventually I will be able to make it do what I want in a specific image.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Birthday girl

S is 17 today, and I just had to do a portrait of her. I brought out the watercolours and my large sketchbook while she was doing her homework.

working on birthday girl
I didn't use the watercolour pencils at all this time around - instead I started with a very light pencil sketch.

working on birthday girl
Working in comparative darkness, but the dramatic lighting was interesting.

birthday girl
The scan turned out a bit more blueish than the original, and also more grainy looking. This kind of pure watercolour is almost too pretty.
Watercolour in A4 watercolour moleskine. I used yellow ochre, raw sienna, burnt umber, payne's grey and ultramarine blue, with tiny touches of cadmium medium red on the skin.