Schokohund’s Sketching world journey starts in early 70 ties, in a local Art Design School in Graz , Austria (you can visit my website here!). Since than I’m never without a sketchbook in hand so I am constantly drawing and many times the drawings are left in the sketchbook and other times (30 years later) they develop into more in-depth ideas and detailed images. I picked my alter ego name after my muse, Schokohund, our family member and Maltese dog.
To create artwork relating to Inkpen – Urban Sketching was my portfolio. I developed and started to review my work, the descriptions started to emerge and I began to notice a pattern I hadn’t intended but am now pleased with. After filling uncounted sketchbooks with Ink pen, black & white sketches, I wanted to add depth and color. Watercolor Sketches were the next step.
Palettes for Urban Sketching I divide in 3 set ups. Fast- Mid- Large
Fast + Dirty size
This size is for my daily working journey: Sketchbook size A5 , plus 8 Watercolor Pencil from Faber Castell / A. Dürer , a Cretacolor Monolith Water Soluble Pencil , Waterbrush
Ink + Wash Mid size
Using larger paper sheets A4 size Landscape format, 10 color limited Palette “DIY Padagas” filled with Mijello™ Mission Gold paints, Travel Brush Set, Water can
Wash & Go Large size
New Watercolor Pan Palette from Mijello small size 12 paints + a A3 Plywood Board, 12 color limited Palette “Pan Mijello” filled with Mijello™ Mission Gold paints 6 pigments transparent, 4 neutrals, 2 hues, Travel Brush set, Water can
For Urban sketching, the only areas I really paid any attention to is city waterways. I was simply not much interested in anything else and I think my obsession with fishing started there. Some of my subject matter in watercolor is about people’s daily routines and a comment on human nature.
My influences are first and foremost everything I see, feel and experience, but I’ve always loved comic books, particularly work by Don Martin in MAD. I love architecture, particularly Art Nouveau. The artist I most admire is M.C. Escher, who was a Dutch Graphic artist who made mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints.
None of it was intentional – it all developed and evolved over time. People ask for my artist statement, so I needed to do one, but I’ve never liked to explain a certain piece of work. If you’ve made a picture and that’s how you wanted it to be, hopefully it can speak for itself and whatever it says to the viewer, it’s the right message because there isn’t a wrong and a right message. Each person takes something a little different from the same picture and I’m happy with that.