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

A busy week for art

Last week was a very busy week for art. I had several request for custom Field Notes covers, something I really enjoy! I also squeezed in some time for sketching for myself. I’ve been using both the Field Notes and the Leuchtturm1917 journals. They both have their strengths and weaknesses. I find myself favoring the Field Notes because of their size, and I am a sucker for the ┬ámultiple cover options. The Leuchtturm1917 journals are very nice, the paper is great with pens and pencil, but I still find the size and thickness a downfall. I really doubt I’ll stick to one size or style of notebook, I honestly have a serious addiction to paper and notebooks/journals!

That’s all for today…thanks for stopping by…Erik

Daily sketching and looking for spring

We’ve had some unseasonably warm weather this week in NW Ohio. Last weekend the temperature climbed into the mid 60s, which led to several long walks. This week has also been warm. The forecast calls for more cold and maybe a bit of snow this weekend, but we know spring is coming. Our daffodils are pushing through the dirt and standing tall, the crocus are showing some green, and the snowdrops are blooming everywhere.

 

I took some time this week to make a sketch of our empty garden containers sitting on our deck. It’s been a while since I actually enjoyed a little urban sketching. I decided to switch to my Leuchtturm1917 journal for this one. I went straight with the pen, no pencil layout, just pen. There is something exciting about going into a drawing with a pen, you can’t erase, you can’t undo, you can only keep going forward. I like that. I also took a walk out in the yard this morning and decided to capture a little clump of the snowdrops. I used the Leuchtturm1917 journal for this one too.

I’d like to spend more time working on┬áthe observation drawing, or urban sketching. It’s fun to be creative and imagine something, but it’s also a lot of fun to actually be part of your environment while your sketching.

That’s all for this post, thanks everyone…Erik

Welcome to my new site!

Welcome to my new site! It’s been a while since I’ve kept a blog, and to be honest I have missed it.

Most of what you’ll find here will be daily sketching and some random rambles and photography. I have always been a fan of doodling and little sketches, after years of making what I would call gallery art I was feeling a burnt out. I was spending a lot of time trying to make art that I thought people would buy. I’m now getting back to the fun and spontaneity of quick sketches and doodles. I also hope to toss in some urban sketching along the way.

This website will see some transformation as time goes on, but I will continue to build and post continually. For those of you who decide to follow by email, I will not be posting daily. I’m planning on posting once or twice a week, I won’t be flooding your email!

Thanks for stopping by…Erik