Starbuck Studies!

Just back from a stay at the marina in Portland. The following are some quick studies while in Starbucks.

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All very quick sketches with Platinum Carbon pen and carbon ink and Lamy Safari pen with watersoluble ink.   Daniel Smith watercolors.

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Perspective and Color Theory!

I am retired. So lots of time on my hands. Maybe too much!  My time is split between home and our boat.  So a variety of sketching opportunities.  Yesterday I took a closer look at  two subjects I would group as necessary but perhaps not exciting. Perspective and Color Theory.

This is a sketch of me at the end of the day feeling a little worn out. That mirror next to my computer does not hide anything!

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Stephanie Bowers has a great workshop on Craftsy – Perspective for Sketchers. Finally all those drawings of boxes in Perspective Without Pain make sense!  IMG_3579

I am working through Color Choices by Stephen Quiller and Exploring Color by Nita Leland for color theory. After days of research on pigments and colors on Handprint I came up with some substitutions for some of the colors for the Quiller wheel.  He is heavy on cadmiums which I wanted to avoid.  I had to buy a couple of colorsI Now I have finally set up my Stephen Quiller palette.  Some of the those colors in the palette look the same from Ultramarine Blue to Pthalo Green. So I made a cheat sheet. My palette has a see thru tray on one side. Then I decided to make a small Quiller color wheel. Still not happy. So I ordered the Quiller Travel palette. This will mean I will be able to set up the palette like the color wheel. I won’t need cheat sheets! Visual learner!

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I am already missing some of my favorite earth colors like Indian Red, Burnt Sienna, Quinacridone Gold, Cerulean Blue and Cobalt Turquoise!  I ended up putting my Schmincke palette away.  I will return to it a little later.  But for now back to what I enjoy most, sketching and putting what I have been studying into action!

Fun with Ink!

I have a small sketchbook I take on my daily walks.  I normally take a marker with me.  However after noticing these flowers I decided to take a Preppy pen filled with watersoluble ink.

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The Platinum Preppy pen is an inexpensive fountain pen costing around $4.50.  Yes very affordable.  It comes with a cartridge  for which can buy refills.  You could also slip a Platinum converter into the pen.  This would allow you to use any ink.  However, the converter would cost more than the pen at approximately $8.00.

So another alternative is to remove the cartridge, wash it out (Murphy’s Oil Soap) and refill it with a  syringe.   The syringe costs 99 cents in the animal section of the local farm store. The ink is a  sample from Goulet Pens for $1.00 .  Both Goulet pens and Jetpens sell the pen.  However, I  believe only Goulet pens has the ink samples.  The sample of ink in the drawing is Noodlers Antietam ink.  It is really beautiful!  Made for Fall!

Here is what I used and the links to Goulet Pens and Jetpens.  It looks like the pen ranges in price from $3.00 to $4.45 depending on the size of the nib.  I believe I added some Transparent Orange watercolor. However, just a little.  You are looking at the color of the ink.

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