Funsize Sketch – Sketching the Sketcher

Visiting the Peggy Guggenheim collection in Venice was one of the highlights of the holiday. There was a wonderful display of modern art, much of it from the big guns such as Kandinsky, Mondrian, Picasso et al. There was also a special exhibition of paintings by Jackson Pollock and his brother Charles. This was a revelation to me – it certainly wasn’t solely spots and splats; the collection of their pictures displays a far wider (and maybe more accessible) talent than we generally see in popular art books.

Funsize SketcherThe museum itself is set in a beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright building on the edge of the Grand Canal, and has carefully tended, tranquil gardens populated with sculpture. One of our friends chose to draw one of these exhibits, and while he did this, I made a funsize (3x3in) sketch of him to record the moment for posterity. It’s a good job that I was quick, as I’d sat on a very nice marble bench, which I embarrassed to be told was actually an exhibit…oops.

5 thoughts on “Funsize Sketch – Sketching the Sketcher

      • Fineliners don’t wriggle about on the page without a talented hand guiding them. :))

        Rebecca, do you ever use a water soluble pen with your color? I watched a youtube where the artist blended out a black (also a sepia) pen with a bit of water, let it dry, went back and added color and then underlying ink apparently does not move once it’s wet and dried. So it added a really nice dimension to her work. I’d like to find something similar, but the only ones I’ve seen are permanent, like the Micron or Pitt pens I use. Do you have any suggestions on that?

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      • Hmm, that’s interesting. I’ve been debating whether to fill a waterbrush with some of either my Indian ink or calligraphy ink, both of which are water-soluble when wet but seem pretty stubborn when dry.

        I’m thinking that you could use a Rotring-type refillable pen (such as to use with bottled ink – that might give the same effect, maintaining a fine line (rather than a brush point). Possibly worth a go. I think you might have to look into the inks to ensure that they won’t block the nib. I know specialist inks are available for these pens. Let me know how you get on if you go for it :).

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