Sketching at the lunch break

Sketching at the lunch break

I had barely the time to go to have 5 minutes for sketching during the lung break.
Well, I’m having luckily some busy days. Full of hard work.
Just the time to eat something quickly and go back to my desktop.
I’m having the typical blue color of someone working 12 hours in front of a computer monitor. But I feel lucky, and I can’t see to go back home to kiss the pinky cheeks of my baby. And my wife indeed!

I mentioned 5 minutes time for sketching. Or a couple of minutes more. Probably I was so inspired to draw this sketch in 8 minutes sharp.
I love sketching people, and I’m making nice experience in drawing people by their back spine…


I made today with my essential monochrome kit. It’s not my best but I defeated the beast in some way.

Yesterday or the day before another 10 minutes sketch. Well that’s what I have in front and the light was simply that good…


Thanks to my iPhone I made this quick post, pictures included. Cheers!

Essential Monochrome Sketching Kit

Essential Monochrome Sketching Kit

Probably because I’m mad for sketching, I assembled this Essential Monochrome Sketching Kit. That’s something I was thinking to make since some time.
I have many kits always at ready in my daily bag or at home or in the drawer of the desktop in my office. This kit will go into my daily carry bag (phew!)

I love sketching, and sketching often, if time allows. And this monochrome sketching kit although is not “a pen and a cahier” (the very essential kit) is somewhat close.

It’s composed by one of my sketchbooks, plus one pigmented pen (actually a Staedtler Pigmented Pen 0.3) and a Kuretake Zig water brush filled with Diamine Ink Grey. I’m crazy for this ink…

monochrome sketching kit

If you feel interesting this is one of four Journal Bandoliers I bought from Emily on Etsy. You can buy the Journal Bandolier here. She can realize also bandoliers on your specification. I asked here to make two and soon I will show them also.

So, these are some results from my  monochrome sketching.

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Or during a lunch break.

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Here it’s another kind of monochrome. I used a Lamy Fountain Pen filled with Noodler’s 54th Massachusetts Ink, a waterproof blue that is art ready. You know what I mean! 🙂

monochrome sketching journal

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Sketching my love and a stool during this weekend

Sketching my love and a stool during this weekend

Sketching this weekend was not that easy and I tried to make some sketches in the trims of time that we are having these days.

This saturday we mounted a lot of scaffoldings, wooden scaffolding the we bought to Ikea, and mony other small thing. We started in the morning and we finished late in the afternoon. I  tried to go faster as possible and even with a big belly my wife gave me a support in different manners.

I even mounted a small table, that now we will try to use for creative works. We need to fill our time with colors, more creativity as soon we finish here the makeover.

So I was in the kitchen making the lunch, and I didn’t see her for while. I went out on our balcony and my love was sketching on the new table. I was so delighted. Love means also to let the one you love finding the time for her own, to recharge batteries, journaling for the baby. Then I seated very quietly close to her and I sketched her very quickly. I was in the mood to use pastel pencils and I did this one first.

A personal tip: I use very often pastels in 12 pack as here because I’m lazy on this front. You can layer them to get infinite colors, on paper. But you will discover soon the limits of a limited palette, for instance in this portrait I have no earths to reach a satisfactory skin tone. I suggest to buy the bigger package you can afford. At least 24 ( I have it…) and check for some earthy color. By the way…

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I used my workhorse Lamy Safari with EF nib filled with Diamine Grey. I think that used in combination with pastels it reach its greatest expression, with writing of course.
I was not so happy of this sketching, I went sketching the small stool outside on the balcony. It was another project not finished but extensively used as stool.

sketching small stool

Currently I’m using a lot Derwent ColourSoft Pastel Pencils. Give a try. They are not waxy but they are rich in pigment and vibrant in color.
And another good score for SeaWhite of Brighton multimedia sketch pad: its rough surface is quite good with pastels, probably better for sketching in pastels than watercolors.


Diamine Grey and Noodler’s Gray review (my way)

Diamine Grey and Noodler’s Gray review (my way)

I don’t do very often reviews, because first of all I am not a professional but simply an enthusiastic that loves to scribe doodle and sketch with almost everything passes in hand.

This time I’d like to share what’s behind my review: I’m simply thinking to make sketching outlines with a grey ink instead of using a black ink. It happened make some sketching, with full colors, watercolors washes and so forth, where no matter the thickness the line, it looked to me that the black line was simply too much.
In few words, I’m thinking about using greys (or grays in american…) for outlining the sketching from time to time. Doing so not to have a pencil like line, but simply a more delicate line.

Luckily I know already Goulet Pen Company, where I can order ink samples. And that’s fantastic. So I ordered the Diamine Grey and the Noodler’s Lexington Gray. Plus two more ehehehe 🙂

I did like that

  • I used my favorite dip pen for writing and quick doodling
  • I made deliberately some smudging with a cotton tipped bud so to test the smearing and the water resistance.
  • If I feel comfortable from the first second  of inking the page it’s okay.

Here the pictures of the samples made on SeaWhite of Brighton All-Media Sketch Pad. I tried to make my best for the rendering on computer display  these fabulous inks.
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Greys review 02

Diamine Grey: Very fluid and a gorgeous fantastic color. It’s not a washed black nor a medium hardness pencil grey. It looks to me like a pearl grey, very pleasant for the eye. Writing for that is clear from the very first moment that can be an elegant experience.
I think that it will be great ink for fountain pens per Diamine tradition.
Not that water-resistant, smears, but it’s not written anywhere smear proof or water proof, and probably is not meant for that, but just for a great and pleasant writing. Probably also pleasant sketching. No smell.

Noodler’s Lexington Gray: A great hue of grey, like a light slate grey. darker than the Diamine. It’s like a good darker grey as per a well sharpened medium soft pencil.
Also this one is very pleasant for the eye, more bold and visible.
It’s completely waterproof, bulletproof as stated in the specs. Tested also in a piece of paper under the tap. Great behaviour in this meaning.
Smears a bit, just a bit but always less than Noodler’s black (at least less visible) but I think is because this paper.

My conclusions: I prefer the Diamine Grey for the color. Simply stunning and not too light. I think is a great writer. At the opposite if you want something waterproof this could be not your ink.
I prefer Noodler’s Lexington Gray for the water resistance. It’s a bulletproof gray and probably for artistic purposes is better if you want it. It’s a bit thicker than Diamine Grey.
The color is darker than I was expecting but nothing bad, absolutely! Probably other people likes it more, and I know people crazy for this ink.

What to buy? I’m still undecided! The best should be both, but we are on world crisis, yo know.
If I have to choose by the color, personally I will go for Diamine Grey without any doubt. If I have to choose the water resistance I have to go for the Noodler’s Lexington Gray.

I will let you know, or more probably you will discover in the next posts which will be my choice.

I hope this post will help you, let me know your comments!