These doodlewashes come to us from Kapil, based out of Australia, and currently spending most of his time in Wellington, which he says is the “coolest little capital in the world.” (follow him on Instagram!) “Sketching is my distraction from the stress of a busy consulting lifestyle, my path to creativity and consciousness, my yoga of sorts! While I’m hardly ever satisfied with any of my sketches, I do tend to find a sense of fulfillment in sketching.”
“I usually start with rough pencil or ink lines and quickly move to applying watercolours. Though I take my time in selecting the scene/subject, I tend to work fast and freely once I start, letting the sketch guide me more than the reality.
“My preferred medium is watercolours as I find it frees my imagination and provides many opportunities for happy accidents. I also find working with watercolours allows me to be fast and loose with my sketches.”
Kapil started sketching two years ago and was fortunate to find a group of like-minded artists in the Urban Sketchers community.
Kapil’s Current Materials
- Colors – Currently using Daniel Smith, (click image to see his palette and some mixes)
- Paper – Arches Medium or Fabriano CP Sheets, Stillman & Birn Beta Sketchbook
- Brushes – Escoda Reserva Travel Brush Size 8, Rosemary & Co Squirrel Mop Size 10, Some synthetic smaller brushes
- Pens and Ink – Faber Castell Basic (M) with Noodlers Black Ink, Sakura Pigma Micron Pens 0.005, 0.3, 0.5
While he prefers sketching with other Urban Sketchers on location, he says it’s not always possible to be outside sketching. “I have recently started sketching portraits using inspiring reference photos on Sktchy. A good way to get my sketching fix indoors. These are some of my recent works there.”
“While I have not had any formal training in Art,” he says, “I like reading up and understanding the traditional techniques. I hope to find more time for Art and start working on larger paintings in the future!”
Thanks so much Kapil for sharing your art and story! And be sure to follow him on Instagram!