These relaxing moments 

These relaxing moments.

#worldwatercolormonth day 3

It does not happen so much time but when it happens it’s a miracle. We are at the beach at the babies are sleeping. So we took the chance to sketch draw listen music and even write. And she’s my wife.

So now the little friends of our babies are coming for play. Yes we’re on the beach and the peace is over…


Join the World Watercolor Month for July 2016!

Join the World Watercolor Month for July 2016!

Watercolor what a fantastic tool!

Hello All,

I decided to join this fantastic challenge raised by Doodle Wash.

I love watercolors and as at least 97% of my sketches and doodles have some washes with watercolors I feel honored and having fun in following this great challenge.


What’s that probably you’re asking. It’s something good for the art, for the heart, for the soul and for the children.

Here from the site

It’s a month to inspire people to paint with watercolor while raising awareness for the importance of art and creativity in the world. And anyone can join the celebration from master watercolorists to artists just starting out with watercolor! Simply tag your watercolor art with #WorldWatercolorMonth during the month of July! Try the ultimate challenge of 31 watercolors in 31 days, or simply post when you can!


More info on the official page here


About this challenge I will catch this chance as an excuse to use a new Stillman&Birn Sketchbook and this is another good point. Undecided if using a heavier S&B and which format but at least I will use it for sure!

So let’s do it!

I will be there on Instagram as @Mostho and on Twitter @SketchingMostho

Interactions near the sea

Interactions near the sea.

Well as often I do I went near mum office to take a breath of air (hot air technically…) and I went near the sea.

I was gladl surprised that finally I fond two people chatting without having any mobile in hand. Also they was really engaged in a discussion and so made them an attractive subject to me.
So I started sketching and I was pretty inspired, first going to underline only with the Zebra ball pen I had handy. (Zebra are really nice for sketching and writing…so gliding and naturally waterproof ).

It took overall not more than 15 minutes. And I was feeling joy, a good sketch that is telling something different going, even under the rush of a short lunch break, in the right way. Not perfect, but pretty close my way.

An this is my setup as usually is always with me.

My ever ready Stillman and Birn sketchbook, Nomadic case, Kuretake brushes (wishing to use my Escodas more), Zebra ball point pen and Staedtler fine point. Plus my staple, my Jewel  case from Winsor and Newton.

Pretty much what I need in this days.

Military Green Lighthouse

Military Green Lighthouse

My office is luckily near the sea, and just few meters from the sea there is this military green lighthouse. It’s small, it’s like a two people room with a powerful lantern over it.
I have sketched many times this subject  like here recently, but not alone, and from distance.
You know, when you are going closer to some subjects, you always find a surprise in a way or another.

I made this sketch in two sessions.

On the first session I took a chair with me and I enjoyed a lot the sketching of the outlines and the washing of the sky. I was so amazed of the sky and the subject that in my forty minutes of my sketching session I spent at least 30 minutes in enjoying and appreciating the scene. Trying in the same time to memorize as many interesting details as possible. I ended the sketching of this military green lighthouse with the outlines and some washes for the sky and the sea, that I left almost untouched on the second session.
I felt pretty uncomfortable, since I was spreading  all my materials on the grass but I really enjoyed a lot. I finished taking a couple of pictures with my phone.

On the second session this military green lighthouse became alive with several light washes on it, on the ladders and on the ground. Plus minor details and quick blackening on the deeper sides with my black brush pen.
I was also finishing this sketch on the table as you can see in the pictures, trying to figure out the rest relying on memory> I just took a look very shortly on my p[pictures saved on my phone, but having done almost everything I relied most of all on my memory and my earlier feeling.
And it was also raining outside so this is another reason I finished sketching indoor.
military green lighthouse 02

As you can see in these ) I’m trying to use a slight different weapons from the usual
It took two sessions to complete these sketch.

In few words I’m trying to use less the waterbrushes and more the classic brushes bringing to me the water. It’s more difficult for many reasons, but gives me plenty more satisfaction and gives also stronger and vivid colors. and I can also make better washes and layers, that’s for sure. At least to my sketches I feel like that.
In this case I used the three of the Escoda Travel set (size #3, #6 and #12) inside a case that I hand-made in oiled leather.With this I’m not saying that I’m dropping the water brushes, often they are so comfortable and they works so good that for sketch quickies they are unsurpassed.

military green lighthouse 01

But I’m willing to use them less.

The equipment used for this sketch is my workhorse the Lamy Safari with EF nib filled with Platinum Carbon Ink. watercolors are the faithful Winsor and Newton and the paper is a Stillman&Birn Beta notebook.


Sketching My Cat Sleeping Close to Me

cat sleeping 01

Sketching My Cat Sleeping Close to Me

Sketching My Cat Sleeping Close to Me.

I’ve sketched several times our cat, but this time I felt different, because our cat is not a cuddly cat.
Our cat has a sweet name, Amelie (like Amelie in the wonderful movie), a gorgeous white hair, soft paws. But it’s nasty as Bengal tiger. Amelie it is not definitively a cat that you can cuddle like in the movies or cartoons.
We live with Amelie, but we suppose to be the guests not this white ball.

I was sitting on the couch while emptying my backpack. And I was enjoying recapping all the (too much…) stuff I carry everyday. And I felt very comfortable. Suddenly the cat arrived to me, purring as there was no tomorrow, and slowing caressing me in circular motions. At the end Amelie seated near to me and took all the strange feline positions possible. Then my cat started sleeping.

That’s the way because I felt weird. Because I received cuddle from our beloved white beast, and seeing my cat sleeping near to me made me so happy.

Luckily, very luckily I was emptying my back pack and I found immediately my Essential monochrome sketching kit. I thought also that I ever needed something else.

I started sketching with my fude pen, very loosely. The paws was taking some strange figures like a python in the rain forest. Very loose sketching, my cat sleeping was absolutely not caring about me.

my cat sleeping 03

Then later, once realized that the feline fury was really sleeping (or telling to me that…) I also went for a calm and relaxed sketching.
You know, having this chance, in a shadowed room, comfortably seated and with this white beloved cat sleeping it’s an unbelievable chance to get.

So I sketched these two loved pages of my cat sleeping.

cat sleeping 01 cat sleeping 02

I was also very happy to make such a minimal sketch with a minimal equipment. A Staedtler pigmented pen and a Moleskine Pocket sketchbook. And just a little touch of a Platinum Fude Pen.
I enjoyed a lot, really a lot, and I will remember that quiet and purr moments for all my life.



Ps: going to finish this Moleskine, I can’t see to start the Stillman&Birn Alpha or a Gamma in 4″x6″. So far the best pocket sketchbooks around!