Friday, August 1, 2008
En Plein Air Ink and Color Wash Sketches
Remember Cinerama filmed in Cinemascope?... the loooonnnng screen movies of the mid and late 60's and maybe going into the early 70's. Well Strathmore has come out with a 6"X18" watercolor sketch pad...just like Cinerama! I call it my "Slim Jim", and I have used it for most of these demonstrations I did for my Sacramento City College outdoor watercolor sketch class. I might start with a quickie pencil thumbnail on a small drawing sketch pad to develop my composition, but after that, I go directly to a fine tip drawing pen. Several years ago I stopped drawing with a pencil first and going over it with a pen. It's now nothing but pen...keeps you concentrating and not worried about exact copying what you see. Anyway, I love to edit out detail and just capture the impression of things.