This month I have been mostly using Caran d’Ache Luminance pencils, in ‘dark indigo’. They’re my new favourite mark-maker; soft and responsive on the paper, lots of pigment for rich lines, and barely any smudging. They combine well with watercolour, and fainter lines can fade into the background when needed.
First there’s a crowd of fans waiting on a traffic island for a glimpse of Timothée Chalamet, in Bath filming Wonka. I added colour when I got home, hence the traffic light colours being upside down…
Then forty one quick sketches of Bath bench-life. People dozing, eating, drinking, smoking, chatting, pondering, reading, texting, some alone, some in groups, accompanied by five dogs, one pigeon and a bike. Spot three babies and an ice-cream.
And finally various scenes around town, all fairly small, A5 or A6. There’s even a few without people! (Click on them to see them larger and uncropped)
I think you capture the human form perfectly. Do you sell your work? My wife and I met you about 5 years ago when you were sketching in Burton. We were viewing a property.
I remember meeting you next to the thatched cottage, I was sketching the view down the ‘high street’! Thanks for the comment. I do sell work, various sizes and subjects. There’s one in the current Bath Society of Artists exhibition here:
Search for ‘Harker’. The price includes their 48% (!) commission, so after the exhibition if it hasn’t sold it’ll be much cheaper…
The landscape showing through the embraced couple is my favorite. All lovely and wonderful but that decision takes it from moment to stamped memory
Many thanks, I’d half finished the landscape before the couple sat down, so just added them, it seems to work!
Hi Ed, lovely to see you today. Just looking back at your blog. Such amazing work. I particularly like your black and white work. Loved the hundred selfies. So brilliant. Do you update these on Instagram, I looked you up but you might have ceased posting here?
I will send you some scribbles one day! Maybe not for approval but as proof of my my ‘one a month’ sketches!!!
Looking forward to seeing more of your brilliant original observations.