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laudesan
06-20-2015, 06:11 AM
I had a real fun day today out sketching with the Brisbane Urban Sketchers.
I really love cemetery sketching, it is quite and there are always birds singing. People walk by, walking their dogs or to visit a grave, but they never bother you.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jun-2015/22284-20150620_151503.jpg
My first sketch while I was waiting for the rest of the group to arrive..
Bamboo dip pen, speedball super black indian ink, and A4 hot press paper bound into a homemade sketchbook.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jun-2015/22284-20150620_151519.jpg
Second sketch, using my fine nib dip pen, speedball super black indian ink, and A4 hot press paper bound into a homemade sketchbook. I did the wash with a waterbrush.
I learned a lesson here, when doing the wash with the ink. Wet the paper first, there is no time to soften the hard edges.. After wetting the paper with my waterbrush, then using my 02 mop brush dipped in watered down ink, I got these amazing edges. perfect for a tree trunk.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jun-2015/22284-20150620_151431.jpg
Last sketch of the day. A4 Holcroft sketchbook 225gsm. Uni pin 0.3 pen and my Noodlers Konrad Brush Pen with Noodlers Golden Brown Ink. I enjoyed doing this sketch after morning tea. Four of us went back to the cemetery, to do one last work.. I really enjoy using the Golden Brown ink..

All the other sketchers had left, and I spent the last 35-40 minutes finishing up this sketch alone. I was joined by a Butcherbird, the moment Suryadi left. This sweet little bird stayed with me the whole time, and didn't leave until I packed up my gear to leave.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Jun-2015/22284-20150620_143415.jpg

Uschi
06-20-2015, 07:35 AM
Excellent sketches JJ!!!!
Uschi

LynnM
06-20-2015, 07:50 AM
Yes, very nicely done, love the bird too :) I see why you like that ink, very effective.

Jmurman
06-20-2015, 07:58 AM
Nice sketches and love that bird.

Im sure the next time you'll bring him a treat, and maybe he'll let you sketch him.

DrDebby
06-20-2015, 03:25 PM
Great sketches. Love the story of the bird hanging out with you.

laudesan
06-20-2015, 08:19 PM
Thank you so much for looking and commenting. I had a great day. :)

I am sure that wee bird was protecting me..

vhere
06-21-2015, 06:27 AM
love the friendly bird! I did some sketching in an old churchyard of the old graves - I agree they are very peaceful places to sketch.

laudesan
06-21-2015, 08:12 AM
Thanks for popping in and commenting Vivien. :)

Scene Chaser
06-22-2015, 05:42 PM
Nice sketches, JJ. You didn't sketch the bird? Cemeteries are a good idea. I'll give it a try.
Bill

laudesan
06-23-2015, 04:58 AM
Thanks for looking Bill.

Cemeteries are great places to sketch. They have loads of character, they are quiet, apart from the noisy ghosties.. Great for practicing perspective too..

They aren't for everyone though, so I found. I was all set to go to the Toowoong Cemetery in two weeks and my members balked :p :D Neer mind, ther eis one close to me if I get a spare day I am not out and about with people..

Cheers

zebby
06-24-2015, 01:34 AM
Love the theme - and your sketches - ...and oh wow i think that is a Magpie! So cool

laudesan
06-24-2015, 09:14 PM
Zebby, no, not a magpie, which are very similar, but a Pied Butcherbird (http://birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/pied-butcherbird). They have a beautiful song like a Magpie :) They are native to Australasia.

I am glad you enjoyed my sketches. :)

eyepaint
06-24-2015, 10:38 PM
Super super super!!!

laudesan
06-25-2015, 03:35 AM
Thank you so much!!!

robertsloan2
06-25-2015, 08:09 AM
Great sketches, JJ! Love the technique and thanks for that tip on getting soft edges with a waterbrush. Just starting to experiment in that direction. Golden brown ink has a beautiful color.

laudesan
06-25-2015, 06:23 PM
Hey there Robert. You are welcome. I really love my waterbrushes, I have worn out a few. I mainly used them for watercolour, and have only just started into the world of ink and water. There are so many gorgeous inks out there that can be manipulated by water.

I bought a few sample inks from Goulet pens to try. They are not a bad online store to deal with..

My favourite colour to date, is Noodlers Blue Black. Wet it and oh my magical. Forrest green is another I am using a lot at present. Wet that one, and there are copper tones underlying. Exciting.. :)

zebby
07-01-2015, 06:48 PM
Zebby, no, not a magpie, which are very similar, but a Pied Butcherbird (http://birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/pied-butcherbird). They have a beautiful song like a Magpie :) They are native to Australasia.

I am glad you enjoyed my sketches. :)


Thanks for the name of the bird - I learned something new today.

laudesan
07-02-2015, 04:59 AM
You are welcome. I also thought they were magpies when I first came to Australia. :)

Joan T
08-16-2015, 08:16 PM
Wow!!! These are great!

laudesan
08-17-2015, 02:31 AM
Thank you Joan. I love sketching in cemeteries. The peace and quiet, the magnificent monuments that are in our older cemeteries are so worthy of pen and ink.