Latest portrait Sketches

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11012065_951165904935124_3476144564064591375_nIt’s been a while since I did some watercolor portraits, so I decided to add some new to my portfolio. As usual I use Stillman and Birn notebooks in this case the the Zeta Series.

I usually work pretty fast on these, as spontaineity is key to maintain a loose efect on line and strokes.

I probably spend more time on selecting my limited palette and color composition than I do creating the strokes.

A good base drawing doesn’t need much as it sustains itself, but color excess can ruin even the best sketch

I was more happy with Dan’s portrait from all three

Urban Sketchers Boston Meetups

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The Pilot fountain pen calligraphy Purera with a converter for noodler’s bulletproof ink. Very happy about it ! It doesn’t clog and a very smooth line! Here with the last two meetups sketching the Boston Garden and Fanueil Hall. Views from above are challenging as the perspective of the human scales don’t have the horizon line reference,so pretty much going by eye and by buildings proportion to scale them.
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Tutorial on a 20 min sketch

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I gave a workshop yesterday and prepared some handouts on my 20 min technique for urban renderings. Here below, is the process from beginning to end including the color wash.

There was a great attendance, I am quite happy. I presented using a sequence of panels and the second half of the time was to put all this to practice by the local Urban Sketchers Boston. It’s been two years and our group is growing. We are about 415 members to date and Christ Tritt and I run it every weekend, planning meetups and researching the local architecture to give an insight on the site prior to visit. Now with great weather, we can do more plein air workshops like this.

This demos were done in a 9″x12″ Stillman and Birn Zeta series notebook heavy stock for mixed media. The linework was done with a Lamy Safari EF. Some of the black brush strokes in the values study were done with a multiliner brush pen.

I wanted a support that could be smooth enough for fine linework, heavy ink brush strokes and take a few layered watercolor washes, so I decided to use the mixed media notebook.

One of the things I wanted to emphasize is the drying time between the watercolor wash layers. When you are working on a fast sketch, the wash has to be light so it can dry faster, most important, the base layer, as it covers about 80% of the paper (I do leave a lot of white untouched areas in the peripherals of the sketch to allow it to “breath” visually)

First layer is the lightest value of the local colors on every area, the subsequent layer is massing the main shadows, the third layer is the smaller darker areas, and the fourth layer is the accents that will enhance key areas to give it depth and good contrast.

I concentrate most of the pigment toward the horizon line and toward the center of the paper. I create interest in the focal point/area during the prior ink drawing process by  doing more detail and making it visually heavy in those areas keeping the rest of the drawing very loose.

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Four Layers Fist Pass Step by step A contour line exercise adding values study

Sketchpad Project -Mini Drawings

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This collection of mini drawings are 4″ x 3 1/2″ and part of a big accordion-like sketchbook with 31 squares.

Here are three more of the collection, recently made with Urban Sketchers Boston site visits

First image is one of the gallery rooms at the Museum of Natural History at Harvard; second image is a well know site, Acord Street In Boston, MA;  the last one is an interior at the Tower building at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

These were done with a Lamy Safari EF, the paper feels like Fabriano with texture, not sure what paper is as I was given this little sketchbook as a gift and it was hand made by my friend Di Metcalf who runs an art store in Cape Town SA

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Family Portrait sketch

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This sketch was done on Bristol Plate, with Lamy EF pen and Cotman’s Watercolors. 20 min. Here is the black and white and the color version. I used little lines because I wanted the color brush strokes to be more visible. Its a very light watercolor study.

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These above are random sketches from last month the first one with a nib and handle on a bristol plate mini sketchbook and the second with the Lamy Pen on Stillman and Birn notebook