On Nôtre-DamePosted: April 27, 2016
I’ve been looking for a new, inexpensive sketchbook for very quick sketches. I tried painting in my Robert Bateman sketchbook (which is really for pencil drawing) while I was out in Lachine today (sketching this poor flower vendor who tried — most unsuccessfully — to sell bouquets on a really cold day). As you can see, the paper is too thin for even the lightest washes.
I don’t usually add ink after wash but I did that today to see if it would help the sketch. People often ask what goes on first, the paint or the ink, and my answer is always this: I put the ink on first and paint second because if I do it the other way around I end up just outlining the colour areas (see below).
My second sketch was done a little further down the road on Nôtre-Dame, and this time I used a Sharpie first and then added colour. With a stronger structure of black line, I don’t mind the faded washes. Not an ideal solution, but I like the 6″ x 9″ format so I’ll make my way through the book and then look for an alternative.