Monday, November 09, 2009

Plein Air Pen & Watercolor Landscape Sketch, Jan Blencowe

copyright 2009, Jan Blencowe, Connecticut, USA
Pen & Watercolor Landscape Sketch, Hammonasset, November, 4x6
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OK I admit it, I'm a pen & marker addict! I love drawing and sketching with them and combining them with watercolor.

I have a full set of 120
Faber-Castell brush tip markers which I absolutely adore. (I've searched the net for a link, but I can't find one for the full 120 marker set. Hmmm, wonder if they make that anymore?) I have a bunch of prismacolor markers and a set of 20 Staedler Triplus Color markers and lots of assorted Uniball Vision markers, Sarassa gel pens, a Koh-I-Noor sepia pen and a Lamy Safari fountain pen.

This however did not stop me when I saw a huge display in Staples the other day featuring
Bic Mark*it fine point permanent markers in lots and lots of gorgeous colors. (This link is for a set of 36, but at the Staples store you could buy individual colors for .99 each or 10 for $6.99)

I restrained myself and only bought six. I chose colors specifically for sketching the late autumn and winter landscape. Soon it will be too cold to sketch outdoor and I"ll have to sit in the car and when it's that cold I often don't want to be dealing with water for watercolors and I'll rely on just markers.

Here are the colors I chose:
  1. Cloud Nine Grey
  2. Honey Brown
  3. Woodsy Brown
  4. Misty Blue
  5. Tiki Hut Tan
  6. Summer Melon

For the above sketch the drawing was done entirely with the Honey Brown. The bright bits of yellow are a Prismacolor yellow ochre marker and the rest of the color is Yarka watercolor. Enjoy!


Mark said...

These pen and watercolour sketches are very vibrant. I like to use pens myself, very fine ones. The results can only be really appreciated when seen 'in the flesh' but they're nice to see on the screen.

Jan Blencowe said...

Thanks so much Mark! I really enjoy doing these.

I agree that the pen sketches and most art in general is much better seen in person.

A good reason to buy original art!