Edding 30 marker pen

I’ve used marker pens before, reloaded with different inks, with some  mixed  results. I tried a new one when I went to London last week. The bold lines were great for very fast sketches, and the ink is water-based (so doesn’t ‘bleed through’ the page), fast drying and waterproof. If only Edding did a version with grey ink…  So here are some crows, a friend sketching, bored police, tube travellers, and a band that includes a 97 year old clarinettist! (See James Hobbs for more marker pen views of London).

fgfg12b1fgfg11fgfg12fgfg09Black Edding 30 marker pen, dilute Lexington grey, Brown 41 and Namiki blue in water-brush, watercolour for the police vests, and white crayon, A5 – about 15 mins each

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Back in the kitchen

More monochrome kitchen scenes, with lots of ellipses, variety and repetition in all the jars, cans, bottles and packets. Made a mistake with one? Draw another, and keep going till you fill the page!

weedier04Lexington grey in fountain pen and water-brush, A5 – 30 mins

fgfg13Brown Edding 30 marker pen, Lexington grey in water-brush, white gouache, white Gelly Roll pen, A5 – 20 mins

weedier111Lexington grey in water-brush, A5 – 15 mins

teeth11Noodlers Brown 41 in water-brush and Bad Blue Heron in fountain pen and water-brush, A5 – 15 mins

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Urban jungle

Following the weeds, here are some more urban plants around Bath… Monochrome foliage on a Japanese Maple, ‘sticky weed’ amongst nettles (including initial line drawing), and a couple of attempts at ivy (the last one using a dried up marker pen and tea).

weed1Lexington grey in fountain pen and water-brush, A5 – 30 mins line, 30 mins shading

fgfg01fgfg121Pigma 1mm pen, Lexington grey in water-brush, A5 – 40 mins

fgfg02Noodlers Brown 41 in fountain pen and water-brush, dilute Namiki blue ink in water-brush, A5 – 30 mins

fgfg03 Marker pen, black tea, A5 – 20 mins

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Inside the Mezquita

Back in Cordoba, this time inside the Mezquita. The first sketch is an attempt to describe the famous forest of columns, mostly inhabited by tourists; as the columns recede in all directions it feels slightly like being in an Escher drawing or a hall of mirrors. Then there’s a collection of carved stone faces on a tomb. And finally some very fast drawings of visitors photographing the lofty nave (incongruously inserted into the mosque in the C16th); they’d walk in, point a device, shoot, and leave, all in about 30 seconds, job done!

stone11Pigma brown/sepia pen, Lexington grey in fountain pen and water-brush, Noodlers Brown 41 in water-brush, watercolour, all A5 – 20-30 mins each

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Two wheelers

Enough of cars, here are some scooters, motorbikes and bikes seen around Bath. The curvy scooters are a real joy to sketch, toy-like with tiny tyres and complicated engine parts discretely covered (but the tilted oblique wheels are tricky…). The floating blue bike on the left of the last sketch was removed before I could draw the wheels!

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dec3teeth15All the usual inks and pens, water-colour, some pencil, mostly A5 – various times

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More cars

More sketches of street-parking in Bath, ignoring the buildings, just strings of cars snaking up, down and around the contours (previously). Cars are ubiquitous, a familiar part of urban scenes, so I’ve been trying to get them right; the angle of the wheel arches seems key, and it’s important to make the shadows underneath the cars strong to help ground them. Reflections on the windows and shiny body-work next!

leaves1weedier08 weedier15Lexington grey in fountain pen and water-brush, Platinum Blue and Noodlers Brown 41 in water-brush, white gouache, A5 – 40 mins each

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Spring, sunshine and showers, and months of neglect, so weeds are flourishing in our garden. Each week a different one appears, competing with the others for light and space,  and ripe for drawing… First a mostly monochrome sketch of some wild strawberry flowers amongst dandelions and other weeds, followed by the initial line drawing. Then just dandelions; growing in the ground, another initial line drawing, and laid out after weeding.

weedier1121weeds11Lexington grey in fountain pen and water-brush, watercolour, A5 – 40 minutes

weedier01Lexington grey in fountain pen and water-brush, watercolour, A5 – 20 minutes

weeds1L exington grey in fountain pen, A5 – 10 minutes

weedier03Pencil and watercolour, A5 – 20 minutes

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