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.


2 Replies to “A view from my office window”

  1. Excellent use of the Fude pen! I have a similar Kuretake pen (it uses Platinum Carbon cartridges), but I have not tried using it in this way — as an accent after the sketch is mostly done — it’s beautiful. I’m going to try it! You should complain to S&B (write to mkalman@stillmanandbirn.com) about the binding that failed. . . they have a lot of pride in their bindings and workmanship, so they will want to know what happened. They have good customer service. Maybe they will send you a replacement!

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