fountain pen, brush pen, Sharpie Paint Pen (white), gouache in Strathmore Toned Tan sketchbook
The recent lesson in Sketchbook Skool’s “Stretching” course was with Miguel Herranz, who does the most wonderful sketches on toned paper, so here are some stabs at that lesson. The paper is meant for dry media but takes a light wash of watercolor or gouache Gouache is better for this because it’s creamy and sits on top of the paper opaquely, (or at least could if I put enough on!)
This is a usual scene for me, eating breakfast in the car after Jazzercise. Sitting behind the driver’s wheel however is not the best place to sketch – too cramped, but it was too chilly outside and the comfort of a cushioned seat and warmth won out!
On Saturday three of us lined up on a bench in Santa Rosa’s Courthouse Square to fill the page with whatever story unfolded before us. This working on toned paper is challenging in all sorts of new ways. Maybe by the time I work my way through this new sketchbook I’ll get the hang of it. I like the way you have to make decisions about value and color based on design and making readable contrast, rather than matching what you see with “realistic” color.
What started out as an overcast morning, with not much happening except cars driving by, became a sunny day with lots of colorful activity, including a march against Monsanto, complete with marching band (which unfortunately was too late in the day to sketch on site). This is another spread which captures just a bit of it.