After a few years using cheap styluses (stylii?) with an iPad I wanted to get a better tool as a Christmas present for myself. After some research, I decided for the Pencil 53. I finally received it last Friday and decided to take it for a test run sketching on location.
My first impression has been very good so far. It definitely feels much better than the tiny cheap stylus I had before. This time I sketched on the Paper 53 app instead of the more familiar Procreate, as I just wanted to try out the Pencil. The app is certainly simple and straightforward but I’d need to practice with it a lot more. I’ll also try the Pencil with different apps to see how I can get the most of the digital sketching experience.
Line sketching was surprisingly smooth; the rubber tip provides a little resistance, just enough for me to feel in command. Using color was a little difficult. It’s not easy to replicate a watercolor brush stroke, but the convenience of being able to color a sketch quickly is intriguing. I guess I can’t think of it as a replacement for my traditional media, it’s simply a different thing. I still prefer using pencil, ink and watercolor on paper, but this is worth a try, especially to use while on the train to work.
For a long time I’ve been searching for the perfect sketching tool. I’ve been trying out different media, pencil, felt-tip pens, markers, fountain pens, dip pens, watercolors, pastels, charcoal, colored pencils… you name it.
Last night I decided to take a different approach. All media have some qualities that I love and some that I don’t. So why not use each for the qualities that I love?
This was my first attempt, while in the courtyard of the Philadelphia Sketch Club. I started with markers, fast, loose and broad strokes. It’s difficult to replicate the color and shadows you’re seeing with markers, so didn’t care at all about it. Suggesting bricks was pretty easy with the broad tips.
Then I switched to watercolors for greenery. I’ve always hated green markers, but watercolors are more flexible for this. I wanted to jump back to a felt tip pen but the one I had was dried out. I used a fountain pen, although I’m not happy with the results. I needed a broader tip to achieve what I was looking for. Then I jumped back to a couple dark markers for some shadows.
I’m excited about the possibilities, so I’ll explore this much more. 😉
Maybe it’s the childhood memories, but for some reason I’ve always wanted to sketch diggers, bulldozers and construction machinery and never had had the chance. This one was parked by JFK Boulevard and 17th, had 15 minutes to sketch it.