Yes I’ve seen her work Sharon, thanks! She’s great! Also, as a Swedish artist she manages to be a “real” urban sketcher even though the weather is crap so many months of the year. It’s amazing! It was awhile since I last checked out her webpage, but I did that just now and I’m really stunned by her work. It’s simple, yet so perfect. Amazing!
Currently, to revive this discussion, I start most of the times directly in ink. I use a fountain pen with a fine nib most of the times with Platinum pigment ink. The Platinum carbon black is absolutely waterproof. Only once a few of the pigments came off the page while coloring, I still wonder why – maybe a strange coated area on the paper.
Anyway, I then color it in with my watercolors and as I also add fake black for the darker values – green with indigo, brown mixed with phtalo blue, I use these darks also to refine the outlines. Also I usually add value to the initial ink sketch with diluted indian ink I carry in a waterbrush.
I love your style, Domink. You always capture the energy and essence of the scene. I think you are probably right about why the pigment comes off the paper sometimes. External sizing can be uneven and since you are working on the paper while wandering, it could be something in the air that settles on the paper, that you don’t even notice.
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