Morning class! This week I’ve been putting together a new ‘Beginners Guide’ for the Art School and wanted to add a few little material sketches. For all the sketches I used the following pens on 220 gsm smooth, heavyweight cartridge paper which can handle light watercolour washes.
Materials – Pen & Wash
- Lamy Safari Fountain Pen – filled with Lamy water-soluble black ink
- Pentel Aquash Waterbrush Pen – this bad boy just holds the perfect about of water in the brush filament tip to wash-in water-soluble ink
- Muji 0.5mm Black Fine Liner – so smooth and works well at any angle at a rapid speed
- Pentel Brush Pen – if you’re struggling to create broken line effects, treat yourself to this pen, you can block in deep blacks really quickly
Even though there seems to be an awful lot of brushes here, most of them are defunct in my painting practice. They’re just too hard to let go of!
I’ve made sure to push the paint right to the bottom of the tube to get this nice curve.
Because of the new aluminium finish in the Winsor & Newton range, you get a lovely strong reflection within the centre of the tube, focusing the view and adding contrast to the sketch.
Empty Paint Tubes
Using the Lamy pen, I could ‘load up’ areas that are really dark, say the dark area underneath the thread of the paint tube on the right and then pull it into the cast shadow using the water pen.
Grab a Brew!
Always time for a tea when you’re hard work sketching, brewed fresh in my Burleigh Pottery teapot.
Acrylic Glazing Liquid Gloss
Acrylic Glazing Liquid Gloss from Golden Paints (now called Glazing Liquid) I like the way there’s a little ‘smoke’ of wash to the left of the cap, reflecting the speed of the squeeze!
I couldn’t leave out the classic jam-jar shot.
When drawing reflective surfaces, I move around the subject looking for large white areas of reflected light, these give contrast and define different flat planes. Establishing these distinct light and dark areas within a clear object makes it easier to create a 3-dimensional form.
Changing the marks within the solid black handles helps to add interest to a section of the drawing that could easily become too heavy. There is a mix of a hatch, wash, broken line and brush pen to jump the eye across the brushes at the bottom.
The angle of the small round brush on the right, indicates a subtle inverted triangle composition to the whole collection of brushes, giving the viewer the clue that off-screen the brushes are arranged in a pot.
I don’t usually store my palette knives in a jar but the swan neck cranked-handles created such great shapes when arranged together, I couldn’t resist. Here the brush pen really helps to add those dark accents around the rim of the pot.
You can also see the sketches @willkempartschool Instagram
The new intro guide should be out in a week or two.
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