A workshop with LK BingPosted: August 8, 2016
At the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Manchester I had the chance to be a student for a few hours with the very talented Indonesian artist LK Bing. The rainy day was ideal for his workshop “Capturing Atmosphere Using Dramatic Lighting and Fast Spontaneity” and we watched him demonstrate his work as we huddled under a colonnade, trying to stay dry.
The workshop began with a demo of value sketches. Bing spread out all his materials (opaque and transparent watercolours, water-soluble markers, pastels and gouache) on the ground around him, and on small pieces of mat board the size of coasters he quickly sketched a few views of the street in front of him.
Using a toned board, either grey or tan, he often draws in water-soluble marker and then adds both darks and lights in watercolour and pastel or gouache.
We had a chance to try this out as well so I did three quick ones. By this time the rain was falling pretty heavily and we kept moving deeper into the colonnade. The small cards are a perfect size for the exercise because you really can’t get too much detail onto a surface that’s this small.
Our final sketch was a bigger one which I decided to do in my sketchbook. As you can see, the wind added a little extra atmosphere to my page by blowing a fine spray over everything, but this was about atmosphere, right? For some reason the black pen turned pinkish when I went over it with water but I don’t mind the result. Unfortunately I had to rush off before the three hours were over because I had my own workshop to prepare for, but I will be definitely be trying some of LK Bing’s techniques again. He’s such a generous teacher and a really superb painter.