Finish line

I was once again a spectator at a marathon in St. Jerome, and since there was a fair bit of waiting around, I brought along my sketchbook. I’m never sure if there will be a place to sit at these events so I travel light. With a water-soluble brush pen and a Koi water brush in hand, I sketched the fellow spectators at the run. I love the flexibility of drawing with a brush pen and how the dark line melts away with the lightest touch of water. It’s a perfect way to capture both line and tone in the most economical of ways.FinishLine

7 Comments on “Finish line”

  1. Mary says:

    Love these figures! Such a light touch with the character intact… wow. I looked through your blog to find that you use the Pentel brush pen (do you still?), and since it is permanent ink, does that mean you work quickly before it dries to push the ink into the soft shadows, or do you paint with water then add the ink? Or does “permanent” not mean exactly that? Thanks for your blog – I love it.


  2. Bernadette says:

    Love the fiigures especially the pair standing close together. I’ve never used a brush pen before. I’m inspired to try. Thanks for sharing.


  3. Judy Sopher says:

    Great sketches. I like this effect as well.


  4. fredcschmidt says:

    there is an annual international sketch conference that I believe you have attended on occasion, but I can’t remember the name of the conference. do you know what conference I am asking about? there are also sketch clubs in major cities that have a common origin; do you know?
    thanks, Fred


  5. joantav says:

    Great way to do quick sketches with minimal materials.


  6. susanjk says:

    Hi Shari:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful sketches.

    My friend and I attended the Urban Sketchers yesterday in Montreal and loved the group and the experience so much that we’re coming back for the next one in November. Perhaps we will see you at that one.

    I think the sketches we did yesterday will be posted on FB this week.

    Kind Regards


    Sent from Outlook



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