Fake urban sketching – need advice

This topic contains 23 replies, has 7 voices, and was last updated by  Sandra Strait 2 weeks, 4 days ago.

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  • #131068
     Lisa Sandboge 
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    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!

    #131087
     Sharon Nolfi 
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    @sharonnolfi

    Everybody check out the new Group on this site called Urban Sketching, created by Dominik Neuffer.

    #131154
     Sandra Strait 
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    Thank you for the heads up, Sharon!

    #131291
     Dominik Neuffer 
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    @dominik-neuffer

    https://i1.wp.com/doodlewash.com/wp-content/uploads/hm_bbpui/131291/pfdytapmz0zdd1aksaryiz3x4e3wgp6w.jpeg?resize=414%2C552&ssl=1

    I sketched this yesterday on location. Now I’m defining the basic shapes at home with a large flat brush.

    #131308
     Dominik Neuffer 
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    @dominik-neuffer

    More detail in a second go.

    #131327
     Dominik Neuffer 
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    @dominik-neuffer

    The finished sketch. Last step was adding outlines with black ink and white gel pen.

    I‘m far from being an expert, but that technique is the one which works faily well atm.

    #142403
     Kate Powell 
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    @kate-powell

    Sharon I LOVE Nina’s work as well, especially when she steps off the page and adds colors that are not there, just because.  Red streets, orange skies…

    #182702
     Dominik Neuffer 
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    @dominik-neuffer

    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.

    #182723
     Sandra Strait 
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    @sandra-strait

    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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