Art Supply Test – Blick Illustrator Markers

On the trip to Chicago last week to sketch with the Urban Sketchers, I made a side trip to Blick and got a great deal on a set of illustrator markers.

Did a few tests in various notebooks and these babies bleed…even on 98 lb Canson mixed media paper.

The do put down a satisfying amount of color per stroke, and each pen has two nibs…brush and chisel.

The test: A ModriNan (ha!) on a false-start page.

And the flip side.

Special thanks to Smithers the cat for lending her behind as a specialty easel for photography. Smithers is currently putting in community service in an effort to make Santa’s “nice” list.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sketching with the Krazines

This morning a contingent of artists met in Kenosha to sketch the tall ships. The Tall Ships Challenge started yesterday, and the ships will be here until Sunday.

The Krazines group was there, and just up the walk was a contingent from USK Chicago.

This is the bow of the Niagara. Rigging is a challenging subject! Phew!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sketchcrawl 26 Results

I was waiting to post this until I could post the digitally colored version along with it. That particular project is coming along slowly because I have this other thing to do…they call it work, I believe.

Anyhoo, I went to one of my favorite Kenosha lunch spots, Common Grounds, and enjoyed half a sandwich and some lemonade in their room overlooking the river. It was busy, but there were other open tables so I didn’t feel too bad about lingering over my sketchbook in hopes of having something to show for Sketchcrawl 26. This started out as a pencil sketch, and then it enjoyed a going over in Micron pen.

After I scanned it, I did some fairly aggressive Photoshop cleaning. I’ll eventually get around to finishing the digital painting.

The original scan is below—complete with little color notes, page shadow from the sketchbook not laying flat in the scanner, and other rogue schmutz.

Thanks for stopping by!

To a "T"

Made a few sketches this weekend, but it wasn’t until I was scanning them and naming the files that I realized my propensity to draw objects beginning with the letter “T”. The tomato plant happened to be a very good model. That’s the least it could do since it keeps teasing me with little green tomatoes.

There’s really no good reason for this unusual focus of mine. No tall, dark stranger with a letter “T” prominent in his name has wandered into my life. I did not see a Model T on the highway over the weekend. I DID drink a lot of iced tea—as evidenced by the above picture. As a matter of fact, I believe I was drinking a glass of iced tea while I was drawing the sun tea brewing. Could be a conspiracy. Come to think of it, since the Boston Tea Party, tea has not really enjoyed the same level of divisive fame, and it could be looking for a little of the old spotlight. I’ll have to keep an eye on those teabags to see what they’re brewing.

Sorry, yes, I had to go there.

Now you could argue that this last one is more about the circus performer than it is about the tent, but then you’d just be lookin’ to interfere with my mojo, and why would you want to do a thing like that?!?

For the record, the tent came first. It was a two line doodle that turned into a tent. The circus performer started from the feet, but the torso was illusive, so what’s an artist to do? Why draw a Pacman eating the performer of course! Ha, can’t believe you didn’t see that one coming…sheesh.

Perhaps I’ve struck gold for drawings with a theme—pick a letter, any letter, and find the objects to fill the book. That really doesn’t sound very exciting. Sounds a little more like dictionary manufacture.

I think I’ll just revel in this happy coincidence, and move on. Or perhaps I’ll submit them to the shrink and see what my psyche is telling me. Yo, Nan, I’m thinking you were hungry, thirsty and bored! That’ll be $568.02, please. NEXT!

Thanks for stopping by!