Archive for July, 2013

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Drawing Update: Asleep at the Theatre

July 22, 2013

I messed around a bit more with the previous drawing.

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I added some dark tones with Prismacolor layout markers (50% and 30% grey,) and also used those new white highlighting markers I demonstrated in the previous post. In this closeup, you can see the thin lines on the pants leg made with the Pentel “Sunburst” pen, and the PITT white marker in the other white areas.

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White Drawing Tools

July 20, 2013

At the art store today I picked up three drawing tools I wanted to preview, all of which make rather opaque white marks on the drawing surface. On the Left is Dixon’s “Phano” brand of oil based (aka “grease” or “China”) pencil. In the center is Faber-Castell’s “PITT” brand India Ink marker pen. On the right is Pentel’s “Sunburst” gel ink pen. The Phano is the only one I’ve used before, but it was time for a new one, so I got two, and was anxious to test out the others. None of these have any noticeable odor.

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I’ve been a fan of the Dixon “Phano” for some time. It works very well for highlights on almost any surface. Being oil-based, it’s waterproof, so water media will just skip across it. The tip can be sharpened to a fine point, or cut to a chisel shape about 5mm wide. It picks up a textured surface very well, as on this rough colored paper. It’s also rather cheap for a box of 12, around $8-9 USD. Different colors are available, including black. The black draws extremely dark.

My good friend, Don Colley, tipped me off to the white PITT marker that just came out recently. It’s made with “India ink,” meaning it’s shellac-based, and dries quickly to a semi-opaque layer. This “bullet” tip is hard and round, but there are also standard marker tips and brush tips available. The brush tips may lay down ink more opaquely. As with all PITT markers, the ink is waterproof, lightfast, and acid-free.

This Pentel “Sunburst” pen has a .8mm tip, and draws very smoothly. The ink feels like it’s being painted on with hard steel, but flows nicely when using a light touch. As you apply more ink, it can cause the paper to disintegrate, so it’s best for fine line drawing. If you want to get a very opaque area I’d recommend the PITT brush instead, which works well in combination with this pen. It also holds refill cartridges which screw into the bottom. The label says the ink is “waterproof, fade-proof and acid-free.”

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Each of these drawing tools work very well together. I also used Prismacolor “Premier” layout markers with these that covers over them nicely, and allows you to tone the white area, and then go back over it again with another layer of the white, if you wish. Again, I would recommend the PITT brush tips for the most opaque layers. If you paint this PITT white over other PITT inks, they will mix together somewhat, or you could switch to watercolor or acrylic inks underneath.

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New Drawing: Asleep at the Theatre

July 18, 2013

I finally have a new sketch to show you. The model is yours-truly with photo credit going to my friend Janie. We quickly staged this shot after the other patrons had left the theatre. The paper is 12 x 12 inches.

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Unfortunately, my PITT terracotta marker ran out of ink in the upper right corner, so I’ll have to go track down another one soon so I can darken that area.

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Some Random Pictures for Motivation

July 14, 2013

Although I have been sketching some lately, nothing I’ve done has satisfied me enough to keep. Until I can manage to get my “mojo” back, here are a few random pictures I’ve collected recently that may at least, I hope, entertain you. Click on them to see a larger image.

Frank Brangwyn

Frank Brangwyn

Dean Cornwell

Dean Cornwell

J. C. Leyendecker

J. C. Leyendecker

Bernard Partridge

Bernard Partridge

Joseph Pennell

Joseph Pennell

Jes Wilhelm Schlaikjer

Jes Schlaikjer

Noel Sickles

Noel Sickles

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N.C. Wyeth: “Poems of American Patriotism”

July 4, 2013

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This book from 1922 collects poems of early American writers on the them of patriotism, illustrated with 15 paintings by the great artist, Newell Convers Wyeth. These are a few of them.

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Enjoy your Fourth of July, my friends!

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