I keep mentioning it, but the Memphis Urban Sketchers have changed my life. Several people in there are never without a sketchbook, and I'm trying to emulate that. This is from my tiny one (3x5", I think) that fits in my pretty small purse. I also learned this sketching technique from the Memphis group recently -- just a fountain pen and a water brush for washes. It's a very nifty, streamlined kit to carry around with me, unlike my usual bulky backpack of supplies. And I love being able to pull out a sketchbook wherever I am. Hopefully I can keep this up.
1/25/2013 10:11:59 am
Nice one! So it looks like the fountain pen contains ink that is not waterproof so it bleeds and makes a nice wash with the water pen. Cool technique.
1/25/2013 10:17:26 am
thank you, Richard! yes, it is just basic, water-soluble fountain pen ink. There are a couple of folks in our local group who work this way. It's beautifully fast to get some depth, though I usually come back in on top of the wash once it dries with another crisp line or two.
4/7/2015 08:01:32 pm
Love looking at your sketches. Just back from taking my first class in Fast Sketching from Elizabeth Alley. So many different tools you can use. I had so much fun tonight and am looking forward to the next two classes. I'm going to try to carry a small sketchbook with me at all times.
4/8/2015 05:35:13 am
Thanks so much, Glenn! Elizabeth is a powerhouse for spreading the fun of sketching. I'm glad you're taking her class, and I hope you'll come out with the urban sketchers too. We get a lot of new folks from her class, and it's a warm, welcoming, non-pressurized place to be. We'll be at Memphis Botanic Gardens this Saturday morning, meeting inside at 10. I've learned so much from watching everyone else use different materials and wanting to try them too. Great fun.
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Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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