The Faber Castell products that I used…
- I started the week using coloured pencils (Polychromos) under the Albrecht Durer Watercolour Markers (AD Markers)
- After a few days I switched to combining the Albrecht Durer Watercolour Pencils with the AD Markers
- And then I changed markers and started using the Pitt Artist Pens (on their own and with a little coloured pencil)
I’ll comment more specifically on each combo when I share the full double-page spreads below. (If you missed it, I’m exploring different Faber Castell products as part of #Colour4life 2022 and as prep for a workshop I’m teaching next week.)
As for the new ideas…
I’ve been very aware for the last few weeks that the subject matter in my sketches is extremely repetitive. Most mornings I go out for a takeaway coffee and then I sit in the sun somewhere in the Village Green area and do a sketch while sipping my coffee. So my sketches are either of the lift building, the cafe, one of the two rotundas or the Spanish Mission building that faces the Green. Lately, it seems to be the lift building that is my go-to subject and it’s become similar to my old routine of sketching my morning coffee.
As I’ve mentioned previously on the blog, local sketching is all about finding somewhere comfortable to sit and then searching for something to sketch (see article here). This means on busy days I simply repeat views I’ve done before. It’s not so much about the result as it is the act of getting my hand moving and my creative juices pumping at the start of my work day. And of course, the morning sun and caffeine are important too!
I know that if I brought a seat with me I then would have many more options but as I often do a quick supermarket visit after my sketch I don’t want to have to carry anything extra. Maybe I should sketch standing up? But I can’t do that while I’m drinking a coffee – so maybe coffee and sun first and then sketch? Hmm, what other options do I have?
And then on Friday night, I went to an exhibition opening that was super inspiring in regard to these thoughts.
To do this he spent 1 month sketching in the streets of Marrickville and even made a cart as a way to connect with the locals and find out where their favourite places in the suburb were. How cool is that?
Congrats Richard on a truly impressive body of work. Check out more on his Instagram account.
I’m now thinking about how to more intentionally document my local area and how to fit this into my typical work day.
As for my sketches last week…
Driving around Marrickville (in fading light) trying to find a spot to park and a view to sketch. This wasn’t particularly exciting so I stopped early.
Added coloured back home and I was pleased with the grey in the sky (combining Ultramarine and Beige Red).
I could add more layers to this but it’s a good record of my exploration of mark-making and getting to know the colours of these Pitt Brush pens.
Saturday: In some ways I think that markers are easier to use than watercolour for the rotunda and background building. I enjoyed the challenge of a teacup and exploring more layering with two gum leaves.
I was using rapid strokes for this sketch but know that if I slow down I can achieve a more solid colour.
It was a nice day so I decided to go down to Lane Cove National Park for a bit. I added a little bit of WCPs first and then put the Pitt Pen over the top. This is exactly the same way I did my Greenwood sketches last year – though for those sketches I was using Copic markers instead of the Pitt Pens.
There is something very special about the colour in these Pitt Pen sketches and it’s very nice not to have any buckling of the paper as well. I intend to continue with the Pitt Pens this week… but who knows what I will try next.