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Postby TaranakiSketcher » Fri Sep 04, 2009 1:52 am

SKETCHING AROUND NEW ZEALAND & AROUND NEW PLYMOUTH

Two or three of us sketch regularly as a means to be better prepared for our sketching when we travel. I typically use a fine artline pen and Tombow dual brush tips. They typically take about 20min to 3/4 hour.
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Cob Homestead (later a rabbiters cottage) Molesworth High Country Sheep Station
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Canoe Bark Bay small.jpg
Bark Bay - Abel Tasman National Park
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Nelson Jazz Festival (Medium).jpg
Jazz band in main street - Nelson
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Akaroa Lighthouse (Medium).jpg
Akaroa Light House
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A Greytown Borough Council v small.jpg
Greytown Borough Council Building
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St Marys Windows.jpg
Windows in St Mary's Cathedral
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Ducks copy.jpg
Drake at Pukekura Park
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Vicarage.jpg
Early Vicarage - New Plymouth
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Scott St Marys outside small.jpg
St Marys Cathedral - oldest stone church
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Gables Scott.jpg
The Gables (Old colonial military hospital)
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Postby jbmi » Fri Sep 04, 2009 3:46 am

Great sketches! You make it very hard to pick a favorite! Please keep posting. jbmi
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Postby SwissMax » Fri Sep 04, 2009 7:46 am

These are really great! I like how you leave a lot of the sketch uncolored...less is truly more...I also like how you handled the stones in the church and vicarage...very nice.
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Postby TaranakiSketcher » Fri Sep 04, 2009 11:13 pm

Thanks guys for your encouraging remarks.

Maybe the 'more is less', might be that I was in a hurry.. or perhaps have more to do with the cartoon below :-)
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Perhaps this is why I haven't covered so much more :-) (From BC Field Enterprises, Inc 1981)
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Postby FredP » Sat Sep 05, 2009 6:09 pm

I also like your sparing use of color, nice work.

I borrowed the B.C. comic to send to a friend who just last weekend said "Why do artists do that?"
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Postby TaranakiSketcher » Sun Sep 06, 2009 5:42 am

Hi Fred,
after the troglodytes were doing it, the Egyptians followed suit during their Life Drawing classes.

Well before we were doing it in New Zealand!

So it appears to be an old story.
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By Alain 1983: The New Yorker Magazine Inc
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Postby p2000rad » Wed Sep 09, 2009 3:52 pm

simple,fresh,live,delicate and enough color. This is what we see as Inspiring watercolor sketches in here.

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Postby swanaria » Thu Sep 10, 2009 8:05 pm

Some more great sketches here. I really enjoy seeing these.
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Are these water colours?

Postby TaranakiSketcher » Fri Sep 11, 2009 4:50 am

Thanks both for your thoughts.

Interestingly I don't use water colours. They are actually done with Dual brush tip pens, a kind of felt tip with a floppy brush-like end. Mainly Tombows but I have several other brands.

I buy them one at a time so it doesn't feel so expensive. (About US$5 ea)

http://www.sketching.cc/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1197

I guess I do use them a bit like water colours, as I usually wash with a Pentel water brush.
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Postby BeginAgin » Fri Sep 11, 2009 1:28 pm

Well, thanks for telling us about using the
water brush on them.
I am going to have to try that with
my Akashiya Sai brush pens which don't
flow enough for me (I did try them on wet
paper, which helped a little).
annie

PS
Don't know why I didn't work with the SAI
more, last year, because the water brush now
seems to be the answer. So thanks for the
heads up and inspiration.

:lol:
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Postby TaranakiSketcher » Thu Sep 17, 2009 9:17 am

Hi Begin Again,

I'm glad you've been able to begin again with washes with the Sai

I looked your Sai's up - this is a youtube demo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxV_Yo74ZaI

http://www.jetpens.com/product_info.php ... ts_id/2630
They look fun too. They claim you can draw the finest line in the world.

These look like they are made with hairs, whereas mine are like floppy felt tips.

When I was visiting Japan for work, one colleague tried to teach me a little calligraphy, like the 3 wriggly strokes for river, or the symbol for tree (pine tree like) or mountain, which supposedly came originally from how they appeared. She demonstrated with a brush a bit like yours. I then went out and bought one in a rather pleasant lavender colour. When I showed it to her later, she politely told me that was the sort of pen you might write a death notice with!
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Postby BeginAgin » Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:24 pm

TaranakiSketcher, you are something else,
to find those videos about those brush pens.
THANK YOU so much....
Laura of LAURELINES had 2 great posts about
them (last July) and it got the rest of us excited:

http://laurelines.typepad.com/my_weblog ... -brus.html


http://laurelines.typepad.com/my_weblog ... the-k.html


She said that they made a finer line than the
Pentel Color Brush (which makes quite a fine
line)so that seduced me right then and there.
As your video shows, the lines ARE fine.
The tips are delicate, however, for a klutz like me.
I mean, I should not have scrubbed with one--
I put too much side pressure on one and the tip
came off but was easy to put back together.
To me they feel close to a brush in their flexibility.*

Laura does a lot of line work and they really suit
her style. I have wondered how much of her work
is now done with them but she's been too busy to
write about it.

The only problem I found (but easy to correct) is
that if you dip one in water, it makes a lovely tint
but then the color seems gone. However, if you
wipe the tip with a kleenex a couple times,
the color returns.

annie

*PS I mean close to a HAIR brush in their flexibility
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Tombows vs Sais

Postby TaranakiSketcher » Thu Sep 24, 2009 9:47 am

Hi Annie,

I handn't seen Sai's before so I was most interested to see Laura's comparison of Tombows and Sais.

Being a sucker for brush tip pens, I have since looked in both New Zealand and Australia but they don't have agents here so I'll look further afield.

Below, a meagre effort with some farm animals last weekend.
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Farm animals, sketched on the move standing and walking around
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Postby TaranakiSketcher » Wed Oct 07, 2009 9:15 am

A couple more from recent weekend sketching around the city.
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Tupare - an adzed beamed house and gardens, now in public ownership
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L'escarcot small.jpg
Former 1870 Bank
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Postby TaranakiSketcher » Wed Nov 25, 2009 9:48 am

Have been for a brief trip to the Mainland (South Island) and added some more.
(Plus one rogue pic from Hamilton up north)
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Picton Ferry Queue.jpg
Picton Ferry, waiting to drive on. (Crosses the Cook Strait between the South & North Islands)
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Arahura.jpg
On the ferry
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Hamilton Courthouse.jpg
Court House
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Skippy's Boat small.jpg
Skippy's fishing boat at Nelson
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Nelson Dry Dock.jpg
Nelson Dry Dock
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BMW Bubble Car.jpg
A BMW bubble car parked in a motorbike park. I'm told originally made from Messerschmit components
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Bombadier NP.jpg
Bombardier - at NP Airport
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