Category Archives: marker pen

A toad, a giraffe, two elephants and a Gorgonite

Toy figures are well-behaved models, holding their poses indefinitely. They also give the opportunity to sketch rarely seen creatures, and from unusual angles. Broad dip pen with Carbon black ink, water brush with dilute Carbon black ink, A5 White Uni … Continue reading

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Seasonal skull

Returning to a favourite model for a Halloween still life. This one’s a full size plastic medical model, bought in a flea market years ago. Skulls are fascinating subjects to draw,  loaded with cultural traditions and artistic baggage, and currently appearing on … Continue reading

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Fork handles

I found these in a cupboard while on holiday. I’m afraid a link to this sketch is unavoidable; homophones abounding. Uni Posca markers, water-brush with Lexington grey ink, blue and red Pigma pens, A5

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Wales, Waves

Two sketches of waves, from a summer trip to Pembrokeshire, South Wales. The first is from the coastal path high above Manorbier beach looking down on the surfers in the incoming tide. The second is at the water’s edge at … Continue reading

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Lisbon views

Fountain pen with Carbon ink, water-colour, A5 Marker pen with Carbon ink, watercolour, A5 Two views of Lisbon from the apartment we stayed in, with two different approaches to line. I loved looking across at a neighbouring roof-top and its eclectic collection … Continue reading

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Now in glorious Technicolor, or not

A view from the Accademia Bridge in Venice, sketched quickly using a thick marker pen before my family got too bored. Marker pen with carbon ink, A4 As an experiment I used a photo taken at the same time to … Continue reading

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Bus stop view

Looking across the Grand Canal at gondolas and hotels. The view from the Salute waterbus stop in Venice at 7am. Marker pen with carbon ink, watercolour, A6

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In flight

Ryanair yellow on a flight to Venice. Returned to find that this blog had 20 times the usual number of visitors yesterday… Many thanks to Nina Johansson for posting about my blog on hers! Marker pen with carbon ink, water-brush … Continue reading

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Jim and Anna, again

Jim feeding Anna, and me up a ladder again. (See previous post Lunch). The focussed stillness when feeding a baby helps to make a great sketch subject Marker pen with carbon ink, watercolour, A4

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iPad sketches

Two sketches, two weeks apart, of Sherry on her iPad. My current sketchbook has coloured paper every few pages making a white marker pen very useful. I’ve tried to sketch on an iPad but the time delay in mark-making and … Continue reading

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