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Mixing it up

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. 😉

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