Yesterday we were expecting a downpour but the morning was fine, (got it later) so I went up to Newtown for a walk to try to sketch this building that I eventually want to paint. This is the rear of the building and it is the most fantastical conglomeration of pipes & air conditioning ducts that you can imagine. There is a little park opposite with some seats. Unfortunately when I sat down I realised that a great deal of the bulding was obscured by trees from that position. For that reason I used my tiny Fabriano sketch book to just capture what I could see. And on the positive side I got a really good photo of the whole back of the building. Often a lot of the building is in the shade, & the beauty of it is how the shadows fall, so now I’ll be able to do some more drawings from the photos. I used a Pitt Pen in sepia – looks black, doesn’t it?
The next sketch is a sepia pen also, in another brand. Looks just like sanguine, doesn’t it? When will someone make a sepia pen that is sepia-coloured? There is one, but it bleeds through the paper like billy-o, so can’t recommend. This drawing is of the upper floor of a dress shop that has great stuff in it and a sale on at the present time. I used the ‘sepia’ pen, plus two of my Big Brush Pitt Pens, in the green and red. I put the sky and the pink on afterwards with Prismacolour pencils. Nice texture for that on this Fabriano paper.