A view from my office window

A view from my office window

A peek view from my office window.

Strange day yesterday. Not a good weather for sketching during the lunch break, in fact there is a lot of wind and a lot rain sprays. Something that can nervous anyone easily. And also the pages of any notebook could be wounded by unwanted sprays. No no.

I will sketch standing in front of my window. It’s a lot of time that for one reason or another I was not sketching standing. Tiny challenge accepted.

A view from my office window
Here you can my office window. A peek to see my Kuretake waterbrushes, my Stillmn&Birn notebook, my always ready watercolor Winsor&Newton Bijoux Box plus the essential monochrome notebook kit (that I used this time as spare for the black pens).

So starting from my view of yesterday I took time off even from my meal. I just tried to dedicate as much time as possible to sketch. It was not easy. Just imagine that you are standing in front of the window in your office. And if people passes, they look at me like a mad man looking a t the sky counting clouds or something like that, while shaking and moving a little. I think that a strange show indeed. But I don’t care. I’m in front of my office window and I’m flying free.

I was going slow for my personal tastes, and moreover I felt that my patience was easily going away. Running out of time probably although the outlining of this sketch went away pretty smoothly. This time I outlined using my back-up pen a Staedtler Pigmented Pen instead of my lovely workhorse, my Lamy Safari fountain pen. I just realized that from time to time fountain pens needs to be refilled…

Well, I love to do the jobs done and this time I was also focusing in making this sketch as much complete as possible, in the 30 minutes free that I set as limit. The notebook teared in the middle, while I was holding it standing. I don’t know why seems that the binding was not working. Am I too rude? Well I don’t think I’m a rude boy,  so but this time my beloved Stillman&Birn Beta Notebook behaved like so… I love you the same and I will use it until over.

So I started to go for heavy washes on the background using a al ot of water. I wanted to represent the cloudy and subtle appearance of the strange blue grey sky.I used only the broader Waterbrush for everything, from the backgrounds to the details. Filled two times with water. I later used a fine waterbrush just for few details, and added some touch with the Platinum Fude Pen.

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Once dried the top corner of the notebook’s page were curling… too much water? Strange!

I’m using  a lot this one. The use of fude pen is essentials to me in these days, and the more I use it, the more I feel it indispensable. Just small touches of black pigmented ink and the sketch seems lifting more to the eyes. Just like peppering a meal. Just a bit.

I suggest to buy a Pentel or Platinum fude pen just for start. You soon will feel why they are so good.


Just some outlines

Just some outlines

Well the time is going even shorter in these days and I had the time to sketch barely some outlines.
I went out other pavilion near my office and had some time. I was finding inspiration about the sketching of today but I found none to sketch. Or I was just bites about the same subject to draw,I was lazy to move to somewhere else place.

Well I had also a chat with a colleague. A nice chat, easy about this and that. Fifteen minutes to the end of the lunch break, still no inspiration and I was with my sketchbook open and pens ready to roar. I was just painting lazily one or two birds on top of page.

Just Outlines 01

No inspiration.
Suddenly I decided, I will sketch just what I have in front of me again. I have just to start and I just let go. I was zooming with my eyes just a little side of what I had in front if me.
A selective focusing, very selective.

Yes, I’m not the majestic Michelangelo, the one who bring out the power of unfinished project , powerful as one fully finished. Find here information about the “non finito” in Italian or here in English by Wikipedia.

But inspired to do that I decide this time to go only for just some outlines, few strokes with my fude pen and nothing more.

And this is the result. An incomplete piece, just outlines. Few strokes of brush pen and a lot to be done more, eventually some watercolors strokes. But I will leave as that.
Still the result I think is enough understandable.

Just Outlines 02

Companions of this strange adventure are my faithful workhorses, Lamy Safari with Noodler’s Gray ink, Platinum Fude pen and Stillman&Birn sketchbook.

What else?

My baby at the park

My baby at the park

During the lunch break of today I sketched this picture of my baby at the park.
Outside there is a grey, windy and rainy weather. These weather conditions does not allow to go around for sketching to any sketcher
Something like that, and it’s going even worst. I’m not afraid of any weather at all, but to have my sketchbook torn and wet… Only if I decide to do that! 🙂

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that’s the way because I decided to go for sketching the picture took at the park last Sunday morning.we went out with the tricycle and she was so happy. I did also few pictures and short videos with my phone that I will load on Vimeo probably.

This my daily sketch of my baby. I made this sketching in very shirt time from the phone. He was riding the tricycle and I loved it to see his face smiling at the park.
I’m horrible with portraits but at least I can record my feelings for our small man. I tried to keep his fantastic smile. I hope I did it.

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I made this sketching using my old faithful horses, the Lamy Safari filled with Noodler’s Gray Ink, the Winsor&Newton Artists water colors using the Kuretake Waterbrushes.


And finally bye bye Moleskine. I will use your notebook until they are over.
As far I can find from friends, I’m now using Stillman&Birn Beta sketchbooks: simply nice.

I blogged with this tiny jewel having a break on my bed while listening on Deezer the last album of Bruce Springsteen. It’s my birthday, today I can even relax.
iPad mini strikes again guys!

A promise

A promise

It’s since some time that I’m not posting any sketch or I’m talking about my shirt sketching stories. I promise to post more.
But let me say that I have a new tool in my arsenal, a wonderful present from my lovely knife. I have now an IPad Mini.
This little tool will help me to post a little more often. I tried to post from my iPhone, but despite the good picture it can shoot, it’s very uncomfortable to use it for blogging.
The iPad mini! especially the new with Retina display, is quite perfect to blog on the fly ( and perfect for many other things):

  • Shooting and editing pictures is fast and easy. Moreover images are of enough quality are crisp and enjoyable
  • Writing is smooth, easy and fat. Faster than the iPhone or any other mobile, light in the hands to write on the couch as I’m doing now
  • Many other features and apps ready to be used creatively. Included, if I dare, to sketch on the iPad Mini with some programs I already used on my wife’s one
  • I can blog practically from anywhere in the world even when I’m deployed (and if I will be deployed again).
  • This little electronic apparatus is shining in design, and as artist I just know the value if something that is good for the eyes and good to use. Just like a good sketch 🙂

This is my little elf. I made this sketching from a picture sved on my phone. During the lunch break I wa not inspire by the same old panorama.
You know, I love him so much.

Little Santa helper from my family. Isn’t he cute?

Falling always in life for Stillman&Birn sketch books. Bye bye Moleskine I’m retiring you from many writing tasks. Soon you will be old also for sketching and watercoloring, although the pocket panorama watercolor books are still rocking.
Stillman&Birn is a strong competitor for all my artistic uses, even against my old Fabriano that to be honest, is still rocking.

So now, let’s go further and if you have any question or suggestions about blogging from an iPad or some app to use, please let me know. I’m so excited about my new toy!!

Cheers from my couch.