Sunday, 29 July 2018
Went running this morning. Work and the heatwave over the UK at the moment means I not getting out as mush as I would like. We have had rain in the North which has been very welcome. This mornings run around the park started out okay but by the end I was drenched. I sought cover in the bushes and under trees to do today's sketch but water was soon trickling down my spine.
I use sketchbooks made by Seawhite of Brighton. They are very good at taking the weather and I highly recommend them. The paper is 'sized' and take ink very well, I think that also helps when the paper gets soaked. I usually put a sheet of copier paper in-between the pages I'm working on (to stop ink transference) and place a large weight on top of the closed sketchbook so that the pages dry flat. Some times you get a crease but that's all part of the process.
I'm still using Pilot Paralell Pens but worry about relying on them for effect. I set out this morning with a Lamy Vista fountain pen which was okay even if the ink was washing off as quickly as I was drawing with it. Back home I went over the sketch with the Paralell Pen, watecolour, white pencil, ink and coffee.
Somewhere along the way I picked up a tiny hitch-hiker.
Sunday, 15 July 2018
Friday, 6 July 2018
I did most of the line work sat in the wilting heat of the day. Added colour and crow patch in the cool of my kitchen back at home. Crows were about in the park while I was there cawing, loudly above me so I really wanted to include one, I didn't have the will power or sun skin protection to draw one on site at the time.