Tag Archives: Sketchbook

Live Sketching Waterlilies in watercolour

https://youtu.be/VCsT0cT2YtI

Join me as I do a quick sketch of waterlilies on, what I call, the lost pond. We’ve found it now so it isn’t lost anymore! Water lily leaves are basically circular so, to draw them from a side view, they need to be ellipses but all set on the same plane.

I didn’t have very long to do this, about half an hour with set up time. The video has only about 30 seconds edited from it. I drivel on a bit, but I hope some of my chat is useful. Otherwise it’s a nice, peaceful, sunny afternoon by the pond

See inside my Danube River Cruise Sketchbook

https://youtu.be/uQCoYtbnos0

A quick look at some of my sketching while on vacation last week. It was hot and I ate too much food and got a little lazy towards the end of the trip!

We were onboard the AMA Waterways AMASERENA – a beautiful boat. The service was second to none and we had a wonderful time.

 

 

 

Mudder Water Brush Review

https://youtu.be/AL3TW4mQVHQ

I’m always happy to try out water brushes. They are not all the same. Mudder sent me a set to try out for review but they have not paid me to make this video.

There are six brushes in this set, making them very good value. There are three round brushes. the smallest is for very fine detail. I must admit I would like a bigger round brush and wish someone would make a really big round water brush.

However, the size ten of the flat brushes is big! Much bigger that other water brushes I’ve sen or tried great for sweeping washes.
They are well made, come in a sensibly designed pouch and are very comfortable to hold. The water barrels seem much longer that other brands, giving a really nice balance and feel.

They flow well – not too drippy like some and not to dry like others. I’m going to take the with me on vacation and and for the Wigtown Book festival where I will be the official sketchbook artist for 10 days, so I’ll really put them through their paces in a few videos to come.

Overall, I’m really pleased with them so far and think they offer great value

To get your own water brush set please follow these amazon links – I get a small commission to help fund this channel but you pay no extra.

Water brushes hold a supply of water in the handle. of necessity they are made of plastic and can put you off by looking with a bit cheap or just for kids. They are not. They are a different way of painting with watercolour paints.

Traditional brushes load up with a consistent mix of colour which you can paint on the paper until the brush runs dry.

Water brushes have a constant flow of water trickling from the barrel into the brush. This means that the intensity of the colour is always getting thinner. Not a problem – it’s different and you soon get used to it, and soon adapt to use the water flow to new advantages.

Cleaning the brush just involves a light squeeze of the barrel and a gentle dib dab of the brush on some kitchen towel.

When I first saw water brushes, I turned my nose up at them, thinking I would only ever use expensive sable brushes. I hardly use anything else now and have adapted my style accordingly.

One reasonable sized quality sable brush would cost what this whole set costs.

Cleaning is so wonderful that these brushes are excellent for kids. No dirty jam jars, no messy brushes. Just get them out and start painting straight away.

As for sketching outside or “on the run” they are fantastic. You just need brushes and a sketchbook and a small watercolour set and you are way! Have fun! See this video for a cheap starter set of watercolours: https://youtu.be/nGOPk_21CHI

or follow the amazon links below:

See my Cosmonaut Exhibition Sketchbook – London’s Science Museum

https://youtu.be/oHRSr1Am_3k

Yesterday I went up to visit my Publishers in London but in the afternoon I visited the Cosmonaut Exhibition in the Science museum.

It was wonderful to see the hardware that I’d only ever seen before on grainy newsreel footage.

Sputnik 3 was probably my favourite. It must have had some influence on the design of Dr Who’s Daleks! I never understood what the curly metal appendages were for – apparently they were radio antenna.

So many risks were taken by the Russians to get one step ahead of the Americans in the Space Race. Some of their technology was pretty crude compared to the Americans, but with a bit of propaganda and subterfuge the Americans were led to believe they were far more technologically advanced than they really were.

I was amazed to see the Lunakhod lunar landing vehicle. I didn’t know anything about that. It has a very similar design to the LEM but is more chuncky and uses they iconic Russian Sphere shape.

A wonderful exhibition. Well worth seeing and thanks to all those who organised it and put it on.

Yesterday I went up to visit my Publishers in London but in the afternoon I visited the Cosmonaut Exhibition in the Science museum.

It was wonderful to see the hardware that I’d only ever seen before on grainy newsreel footage.

Sputnik 3 was probably my favourite. It must have had some influence on the design of Dr Who’s Daleks! I never understood what the curly metal appendages were for – apparently they were radio antenna.

So many risks were taken by the Russians to get one step ahead of the Americans in the Space Race. Some of their technology was pretty crude compared to the Americans, but with a bit of propaganda and subterfuge the Americans were led to believe they were far more technologically advanced than they really were.

I was amazed to see the Lunakhod lunar landing vehicle. I didn’t know anything about that. It has a very similar design to the LEM but is more chuncky and uses they iconic Russian Sphere shape.

A wonderful exhibition. Well worth seeing and thanks to all those who organised it and put it on.

Drawing in Prison! – Wigtown Sketchbook First Day

https://youtu.be/XPtW_XV5TX8

Follow my Kickstarter at http://www.wigtownsketchbook.com

Today is the first day of the Wigtown Book Festival and I was sent to Dumfries Prison where I spent the afternoon drawing with eight big guys in a small art room! I’ve never been in a prison before and I have to admit that all the security and that locks and heavy doors and bars and razor wire is a bit intimidating. But we had good fun drawing cartoon people and cats and dragons and discussing stuff along the way. I wasn’t allowed a phone or camera, so I have nothing to show for most of today – It was exhausting. There was the drive there and back to add into the mix too.

The festival has started with bagpipes and fireworks and meeting lots of old friends and catching up. This evening I went to see Mairi Hedderwick, who wrote the Katie Morag stories. She showed us her sketchbooks, which was wonderful. She too see her sketchbooks as story storage devices.

Everyone asks about the tools I use when I’m out using my sketchbook. Here’s a video to show you what and how I use them.

The Pentel Aquash Brush is here in the Uk http://bit.ly/PentelAquabrushUK
and here in the US http://bit.ly/PentelAquashBrushUSA

Rotring Tikky Graphic in the UK here http://bit.ly/TikkyGraphicUK
in the USA http://bit.ly/TikkyGraphicUS

The Cotman sketching watercolour set is here in the UK http://amzn.to/1gNpZ8s
and in the US here: http://amzn.to/1gaG6qA

The Seawhite of Brighton a5 travel journal is here in the Uk http://bit.ly/SeawhiteJournalUK