Shop news :: As I tend to get carried away with repurposing old moleskine diaries, the above pocket size moleskine reloaded is now available to buy on my Etsy shop (click here).
It took me even more time to go through lesson 4, than to go through all of the three previous lessons. I lost focus and got distracted by so many other things lately that this mini-class got to the bottom of my to-do
wishlist. But here I am, finally.
So this is the end of the first of the Cathy Johnson’s online mini-classes! The overall course was good value for money, probably a bit too basic for me, but I am one of those people that forget things easily, so it was a good way to return to the basics and take on board all the tips given in the lessons.
- Faber-castell PITT artist pen sanguine – brush size (waterproof) + watercolours
- Staedler fine liner 0.3 black (waterproof)
- Derwent inktense peacock blue (watersoluble)
- TOMBOW ABT Redwood 899 (watersoluble) brush and fine point + watercolours (THE BEST)
- Eraser Faber-Castell
Best tips for quick sketching //
- Consider the time available when starting a sketch – start with the big shapes and add details later on as you have time
- Consider gesture sketching when trying to capture movement
- See objects as basic shapes
- Use thumbnail sketches
- Develop your own visual symbols
- Identify tonal values by squinting your eyes
- Choose/identify light direction
- Leave some white paper for lighter lights
I am planning to start the next mini-class, Quick Sketching 2, soon, so watch out for this space!
We spent the past week in Catanzaro Lido (Southern Italy), my hometown. The weather was great, sunny and warm, but not too much you get sunburned and your watercolours dry while still on the brush!
Because we went visiting my family, we had baby sitters for my little Miss O basically all day long and that gave me the chance to go out by myself and do some en-plain-air sketching. I had planned to bring with me an A4 Moleskine watercolour pad I bought a few years ago with the plan to fill it in with sketches of my hometown. However, the pressure I felt when thinking about the size and the commitment required made me decided to bring my usual large moleskine pad. It was a good choice, but now I feel I’ve gained enough confidence to bring my larger pad next time. I was hoping to be able to draw a bit more, but feel quite happy with the overall results. All drawings and watercolours were done on location, with only a few touches added later on.