Another double demo day

This past Sunday (4 June) I had another double demo day at Daniel Smith.

First up is Ann Breckon. This time she talked about her sketchbooks. The demo was using titled “sketch journaling in sepia”. She did show some of her color work. While she uses Arches watercolor exclusively in her studio work, she sketches in many different kinds of books. They are all 140 pound paper but otherwise she likes the challenge of different kinds of papers. These are done en plein air over 2 – 3 hours.

Most of the painting is done with Daniel Smith walnut ink in a water brush. She also uses Pitt pens in shades of brown. For water soluble media she has used Windsor Newton watercolor markers.

Three of us were Urban Sketchers. Carolyn had carpooled with me. Dave was there also. We all had the same idea to pack a lunch to eat between demos.

More Urban Sketchers arrived from Gail’s morning 10×10 Workshop for the afternoon demo.  This was Julie Carpenter presented “Nature Drawing in Pen and Ink”. She had a good handout and discussed the large variety of tools she uses. She demonstrated both waterproof and non-waterproof pens.

Julie continued on to show us how she builds tone with hatching. Hatching is in a single direction. Cross hatching adds lines in another direction.

She recommended a book…it’s old but not out of print. Once home, I discovered the King County Library had it so I put in a request. It is Rendering in Pen and Ink by Arthur Guptill. There are good exercises for practicing line density (shading) and textures.

One of the other attendees, whose name I’ve forgotten, had the brilliant suggestion of taking a photo of the scene with your cell phone camera, edit it to be black and white, and using that to help see the values.

Up until now I haven’t been interested in drawing just in pen. But this demo was inspiring and I’m going to give it a try.


About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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3 Responses to Another double demo day

  1. aduke2015 says:

    an inspirational day. I could easily get very distracted by using these pens and ink

  2. miatagrrl says:

    You’re probably familiar with Paula Ensign? She has a beautiful pen and ink hatching style that she combines with watercolor. In case you haven’t seen her blog:

    – Tina

    • redharparts says:

      Oh, yes. I’d not known about her blog but the name is familiar. Now that I see the art, it was her 3 pieces that so many people gravitated to at the last show we had in Edmonds!

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