The Ferry Boat

The Ferry Boat

I work near the sea and lunch break table are only two meters from the sea-side. I have always in front of me good things and bad things. I will list only good things: sea, the ferry boats, the smell of the sea, fishermen, tugs, fisherman’s boat (so wonderful).

This time the ferry-boat is on the boat side in a strange way, almost perpendicular giving me the chance to sketch in this way.

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The air was clean and there was a lot of quiet around. Just a cormorant quacking and  i love nature’s sounds. But it was windy and it took quite longer time than my patience to sketch this ferry-boat. I sketched trying to add more details as possible without losing my soul: devil is in the details, especially when note taking or the visual equivalent sketching. and I was having also a quite clean lines for sketching. Slowly but good.

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And this is the result in my brand new Stillman&Birn sketchbook. So pleased how this book is taking all my bad field washes. The seizing is simply good and I love it.My respect for this brand, focused on artist needs is growing. Well, in Europe is hard battle but I think Stillman&Birn can have their leading role.

ferry boat sketching
Welcome back Lamy Safari with EF nib filled with Platinum Carbon Ink and Kuretake waterbrush filled with Diamine Grey Ink for the note taking.
And what about the colors packed in a small tiny black box. Gorgeous. Thank W&N!



Panino al Salame

Panino al Salame

Believe me or not I bought this panino al salame (salami roll but more tasty to say in italian, sorry) just to sketch it. Yes of course it was a speedy sketching. Because it was also my lunch too.

To make long story short I needed something to east for lunch. I went out to check something not only good for the belly but good for the soul and for the eyes. Dont know why I choose this one and that was so good.

Seated in front of the sea on the pavilion near my office I sketched very freely, and of course quickly! Because it was my lunch!

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Please notice the big bites. Just the time to take some pictures with my phone and the panino is gone. 🙂

I’m changing my habits a bit and I’m sketching on Stillman&Birn sketchbooks.And the more I sketch them, the more I love them! Soon a review of mine and full details about. Just needing the time to make a powerful leather cover for the Stillman&Birn Beta Notebook that I’m testing with several techniques.

I’m also rediscovering my Pentel and all fude pens. Throwing away any soft nib pen, to me these are the real bargain. I can draw a hair thin line or powerful strokes with deep rich black and waterproof expression.
Also I’m saying that a bit of black in every drawing is like pepper: it adds spicy aroma!

In this drawing I switched to Pigma Micron Pen instead of my usual Lamy Safari with EF nib. Watercolors? Always there my Winsor&Newton Bijou Box along with my faithful workhorses the Kuretake Zig water brushes.

Always in hurry, let’s go back to the office!

PS: so difficult to blog with the Iphone… I need at least an Ipad to blog on the move!

Orange Noisy People

Orange Noisy People

Some Orange Noisy People, as know as lawn mowers and grass maintainers were approaching my window. I’m not scared, with your machines ranting like machine guns. :)Noise like the world is going to mix a lawn mower within me. Yes I have also some headache since yesterday.

I just write these works with a lot of kidding. I have huge respect for all kind of works, and for all kind of workers of any place in the world. Having a job today is something more precious that the treasure of the Captain Kidd.

And you have also a nice bright safety orange jackets.

Today I was so busy, and I had barely the time to bite a raw toast but the urge of sketching told me that I should carry out. Despite the noise.
So I want on the window and that was my view. It’s not a great pic but it’s worth to be noted. It renders the situation tough.

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So since I dare (…) while they were working I quickly pose some pencil lines of some of them. Trying to focus on movements, poses and not going too much into details. Marc Taro Holmes gave me a real inspiration on how sketching people while moving.

Now I use the pencil most of time only to follow that way of sketching. First going  with few light lines so to see something as  people on the move, and later outlining with a black pigmented pen. Two days that I’m betraying my Lamy Safari EF nib with Pigma Sakura Pen. 🙂

After that I went back on my desktop and I finished sketching by going over the pencil with some outlines. I also added the color washes by memory (or slightly inventing as said by someone I know). Stillman&Birn notebook is accepting water washes with ease. Colors seems also to stay more shiny over the surface.

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Of course not all results are good but as my opinion every for or five bad sketches there is one barely acceptable. And so it was also here in this sketchbook. Laugh with me on some details.

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Sorry for the bad pics,  but I’m more often using my Iphone to take pictures for blogging. And that’s bad probably but I’m always running out of time!

Pen of the day: Pentel Fude Brush Pen. Don’t ask me why. Find it and buy it. After some experiencing you will love it as all pocket brushes fude pens.


A wonderful gift. My new Aurora fountain pen

A wonderful gift. My new Aurora fountain pen.

That’s the way it goes.
I have a wonderful wife and I fell so lucky.

ell it happened that my wife went out with the baby to buy a gift for my brother in law birthday. She told me that she went out to buy a fountain pen. He found one, and sent me a message on my Iphone. Later she came to our house with this surprise.
This wonderful surprise. Instead of buying one she bought two fountain pen. One was for me.
And I love it.
As Italian seems strange to say, but I have no Italian fountain pen. And that’s a pity as you know that we (Italians) make excellence in writing since a long time.

And this is the glorious fountain pen for everyday use. It’s a M nib so great for a smooth writing (it’s really smooth), note taking, journaling and whatever. Also good for sketching, but that’s for who dares. Me!




Still undecided which ink to use. In the meantime I filled this pen with the closest orange color I have: the excellent Platinum Mix Free Earth Brown. Let’s see what in the future ink rotation for this pen.
Now going to match my Rhodia, orange of course,