Urban sketching, loose watercolors, flowers…this has been my week so far.
While eating my lunch at work yesterday my lunch bag and hat caught my eye. They both hang on a hook next to my desk. It’s something I use everyday at work, but for some reason this was the first time I actually looked at them.
I used my new Cognitive Surplus notebook for this bag and hat sketch. The fine nib LAMY Safari fountain pen and a Zebra brush pen provided the line work while I used a handful of Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils for some color. The colored pencils worked great on the smooth paper. I really prefer a smooth paper for sketching since I work with pens most of the time. I’ve tried several brands and styles of sketchbooks and art journals, but I keep picking up notebooks for sketching. The paper just seems to handle fountain pens better, in my opinion. Since these are mainly for me to capture the world around me, the dots, grids, and lines rarely bother me.
The flowers were both prework creative exercises.
The daisy is painted on Strathmores 500 Series Ready Cut watercolor paper, in the 5×7 size. I received a pack of this paper as a gift, it’s great for quick pieces and postcards. The daffodil is painted in a Strathmore 90 pound Watercolor Visual Journal, the 5.5×8 inch size.
That’s all for today – thanks for stopping by and reading my thoughts – Erik