Sketching with an old friendPosted: April 3, 2017
For the first few years of posting on my blog, I sketched almost exclusively with a Micron 005 pen — the finest nib I could find at the time. A few years ago I stopped using it because that fine nib wears out too quickly, even before the pen runs dry, and it annoyed me because the pen is fairly costly for something that must be so quickly discarded. I switched instead to a Platinum Carbon desk pen (and ink cartridges), which I still love, but occasionally I miss the very fine line of the Micron so I packed it in my bag today.
Rain, heavy at times, is expected for the rest of the week. That’s what the warning on my weather app says. With that in mind, I went out today to find some light and shadow on objects in my neighbourhood. Actually these were things I had noticed on a walk with my dog and I went back to sketch them. I have to remind myself that not every sketch has to be a full page. It’s sometimes fun to create vignettes like these — simple observations or even things that are a challenge for you that require some extra practice. I think the two page spread would have been nicer with a fourth sketch on the left but I ran out of time.