Sketching with AD Markers and planning this year’s holiday card

I haven’t had time over the last week for watercolors, but I am trying to find time for some quick pen and marker sketches.

We are growing a cutting garden this year and one of the seed packets we bought was a mix of mini sunflowers. They look so fun in the garden, and they make great cutting flowers for bouquets inside! They will be making a return next year. Down the road from the office there is a large construction site, a bean field is being turned into a hotel. The other day I spotted these two surveyors walking the site, their bright orange shirts really stood out against all the piles of fresh rock. The Post It Note was from a coworker who thought I needed a task for the day. I’m glad she gave me the task!

I’m also working on new ideas for this years holiday card.

I am currently leaning towards drawing B, with the two figures walking in the snow. I haven’t decided if I will paint the finished design in a loose watercolor style or go with the pen and watercolor sketch. I will post all updates as I go along.

Thanks for stopping by…Erik

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Sketching with fountain pens and AD Markers

I’ve been mixing the AD Markers with my fountain pen sketches again, and I’m loving the results. I was planning to do some pen and watercolor sketches, but I don’t enjoy the results I get with the fountain pens and watercolor paper. I have truly tried every watercolor paper and watercolor sketchbook out there, and I just haven’t found a combo that works for me. My favorite watercolor paper is Saunders Waterford from St Cuthberts Mill. The cold press is great for watercolor, but the texture is a bit too rough for my pen lines.

I’m still bouncing around between a few different sketchbooks, no one ever said you can only work in one at a time!

Each of the three sketches are in three different sketchbooks. The potted white zinnia is in a blank Leuchtturm1917 A5 journal, the tree is a Strathmore 400 series sketchbook, and the pink zinnia is in an A5 Paper-Oh grid notebook.

That’s all for today…thanks…Erik

Zinnias and an old farm house…

I’ve put away the pens and I am now embracing loose watercolors and pencil. I used a lot of pencils in college, and I always enjoyed them. I’m not sure why I stopped using them. After trying several different brands I have settled on Blackwing pencils and the original Palomino pencils. Beautiful pencils and the best graphite I have ever used!

I am also skipping the pens with my watercolors, for now. That may change. But, I really love the challenge of painting loose. In theory it seems easy enough, bold brush strokes and minimal detail. But the challenge of telling the your story with minimal brush marks is really exciting to me.

The zinnias were cut from our garden. They are a favorite in our house for cut flowers and the great variety of colors and blooms. The old farmhouse is located just outside of town. I don’t know the history of the house, but there is something about the crumbling stone and brick walls that really intrigues me. It’s a favorite subject of mine.

Right now my watercolor paper of choice is St Cuthberts Mill Saunders Waterford cold press, the sketchbook used for the farmhouse is a Paper-Oh A5 journal.

Thanks for stopping by…Erik