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Rob K's recent sketches

Postby mpainter » Sat Feb 22, 2014 10:51 pm

Having a lot of fun this winter sketching our Michigan weather.
I sketched this view while looking out our front window.
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Grand River

Postby mpainter » Sun Feb 23, 2014 1:39 am

While visiting Grand Ledge I came across this downed tree in the river.
I Sketched it with Faber Castell Pitt pens in a Strathmore sketchbook.
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Postby mdmattin » Sun Feb 23, 2014 1:51 am

Nice work! You create a lot of space and atmosphere with a narrow range of grays and whites in the snow covered car. I especially like the snow on the roof against the gray sky.
The downed tree also has great atmospheric perspective, which I find amazing having never been able to get those Pitt pens to cooperate. How did you get such subtle, washy colors in the background?
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Re: Rob K's recent sketches

Postby mpainter » Sun Feb 23, 2014 2:37 am

Thanks Matthew
For the background I just used 3 different value gray markers to build up depth. After applying some marks I quickly smudge the marker with my finger.
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Re: Rob K's recent sketches

Postby Miatagrrl » Sun Feb 23, 2014 4:40 am

These are great, Rob! The technique you describe with Pitt pens is the same as what I saw Don Colley doing at a demo once. I tried it, but it's tricky smearing it quickly enough before it dries. You've really mastered it -- the snow is marvelous.
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Re: Rob K's recent sketches

Postby mpainter » Sun Feb 23, 2014 5:41 am

During a rare sunny day I got a chance to do a small watercolor sketch in our neighborhood.
I used white gouache for some of the snow. In Moleskine sketchbook.
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Re: Rob K's recent sketches

Postby RajeshS » Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:58 am

Wow these are phenomenal! Rob!

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Re: Rob K's recent sketches

Postby Russ » Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:01 am

These are breath-taking! The addition of opaque white made me think these were oil paintings or something similar.
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Postby Andre Jute » Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:17 am

That is an impressive use of both the Pitt pens and watercolor. Amazing too, because it is so novel.
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Roaring Fork River

Postby mpainter » Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:07 am

This past summer I had a great trip to Tennessee. Had a chance to do some sketching and plein air painting.
I sat on a giant boulder on the side of the Roaring Fork River in Gatlinburg to try to capture this.
Pitt pen markers in a Strathmore toned tan sketchbook. About 4"x6"
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Re: Rob K's recent sketches

Postby mpainter » Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:12 am

Thanks for looking and the nice comments Russ,Miatagrrl, Rajesh and Andre.
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View from Paneras

Postby mpainter » Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:26 pm

I took a break at Paneras for a coffee and a bagel. This is my view while I sat in my mobile studio (car) and did a little sketch in a Moleskine sketchbook using a 9B graphite stick.
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Re: Rob K's recent sketches

Postby gpathy » Mon Feb 24, 2014 8:37 pm

Very nice sketches!
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Quick concert sketches.

Postby mpainter » Wed Feb 26, 2014 3:39 pm

I appreciate everyone who sketches people from life and the difficulty in doing so. I tried to capture some of the crowd at a concert. This was fun. Everyone seemed to change seats or leave in the middle of my sketching them. Quick sketching with Pitt Pen markers.
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Stuck indoors

Postby mpainter » Wed Feb 26, 2014 3:52 pm

I had to stick around the house for a while so I decided to try to sketch a couple of Quick moving objects. My Boston Terrier and my grand daughter. Neither of these two ever seem to remain still for more than 30 seconds at a time.
I finally caught my dog napping in her bean bag bed, and the little girl reading.
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