Monday, 23 March 2015

125. Cafe Sketch

Pilot G-Tec C4 water-soluble pen and
Neocolour II watersoluble wax pastels on
Saunders Waterford 140lb Hot Pressed paper block
Sketch size: 9cm(h) x 7cm(w)

This was actually drawn at home from my friend's photograph (we were 'sneaky-snapping' from a corner whilst in the cafe). I drew it as quickly as possible, as though at any time she might get up and walk out of the picture. At first, I was disappointed that my pen had run into the wax colour - I had picked one of my 'go to' pens (Pilot G-Tec C4, which I adore), instead of a waterproof one - but then heard Marc Taro Holmes call this effect "melting your drawings" (adding water to a sketch drawn in water-soluble ink) so I forgave myself - LOL!

NB. The Saunders Waterford hot pressed paper is wonderful. Both sides of the paper have been treated equally which makes it good for making sketchbooks. As it is 'hot pressed' watercolour paper, it is smooth enough for pen and pencil sketches yet it takes drawing inks and other water media beautifully.

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  1. Love the expressive lines in this beautiful sketch!! This is urban sketching at its best!

    1. That is such a lovely comment, Azra; thank you! x