View Full Version : Photo paint-along, August-September 09

08-01-2009, 06:01 AM
I have a few photos and couldn't decide what to pick.

I will post a couple of figure photos.

Azulparsnip and Trafford will post their photos next and so we should have 4 photos in all. (Maybe more?).

All mediums and styles welcomed. 2 months to complete your works.

I look forward to seeing your interpretations!!:thumbsup:

08-01-2009, 06:03 AM



I took these photos in my local park last summer. The people in them are strangers to me...visitors to the park.

I will upload these to the RIL also.:D

08-01-2009, 07:58 AM
Here's mine....


08-03-2009, 01:10 PM
Barbara of Pushin' Pixels fame took this photo in Santa Barbara Harbor

08-06-2009, 04:14 PM
Here's one more. It's an oxygen bar at an airport. I don't know anything about them. I'm gonna google it.

08-09-2009, 10:25 PM
I did this in the car today - noodlers ink

08-11-2009, 11:11 AM
Ooh, that a nice rendition, Robin. How do you like noodler's ink? You used it in a fountain pen or a dip pen? Is it waterproof after it dries? Is this just the royal blue? I found a bottle of Sheaffer's ink yesterday in an old desk of my husband's and I enjoy so much using a brush with ink.

08-11-2009, 04:04 PM
thanks Sandra - I like using noodlers fine, though it is not my favorite (that would be private reserve inks) Neither of these dry waterproof, though. I used fountain pen for this. Permanat inks are bad for fountain pen health. This looks like a plain blue ink but I keep a little bottle and add different colors to it upon whim, it just happened to become a common color.

I like your ink brush stuff. :) You do alot of nice stuff with lines too. :)

08-12-2009, 01:29 PM
This is a lovely pen sketch Robin. What is noodler's ink?

08-13-2009, 08:23 PM
Noodler's Ink is a water soluble ink for fountain pens or whatever you want to use it for.


08-13-2009, 10:31 PM
Robin, I am actually on the verge of choosing inks and pens too. I keep wondering if I should buy Noodler's bulletproof ink for my various fountain pens, or buy Eyedropper pens with normal ink. The guy at All Write Now said I should flush out my noodler's ink within 24 hours if I use a normal fountain pen. Do you use any special type of fountain pen for your noodler's ink? Why do you like the private reserve ink better? Does it feather?

I also am thinking of Dr. Ph. Bombay's ink or transmix media color ink but the All Write Now guy said all of them needs to be cleaned frequently and ink would turn gummy in the fountain pen because they all dry waterproof. How does transmix media ink not turn gummy in technical pens as rapidograph. Perhaps it is airtight.

I'll do one of these in a bit. I'll use some of my cheap fountain pens. I love the variable lines of fountain pens. They are smoother than nip pens.

08-14-2009, 06:59 PM
You got alot going on here!! I have three fountain pens - a Pelikan Souvran with a broad tip (not the correct technical term), and two Safari's one medium and one fine. The safari's are around $40.00 and reliable - easy to keep clean . The Pelikan runs from $130.00 and up. I got it on ebay new for that but it sells for more in pen stores. It is good too but does not come apart thoroughly like the safaris. The Souvran started leaking and I mailed it in for repair covered under the life waranty. I was told to flush it with water once a month and not to use waterproof inks of any sort as they gum up. Also when loading it I was advised to fill it then back off and drip out 5 drops and then reseal. I guess that creates a little air space so the ink is not resting up under the nib all the time. I keep all my pens filled all the time. I also have an ackerman pump pen. You can use them with anything!!! even acrylic paint or gouche. I just use waterproof ink but left it in too long and it "ate" part of the nib 's insert end....so now I just fill it/use it/ clean it. I love it because it is inexpensive $30.00 and it is really a nib pen nib that you don't have to dip.

I like Private Reserve inks because they are velvety. The colors I have are good quality. I really like the chocolate. It comes out brown but bleeds wine red when you wet it. I also like the bottles wide mouth. But I haven't tried any other ink but Noodlers and PR. YOu can get alot of info hanging out on Fountain Pen Hospital forum. Lots of nice pen snobs. But they will all tell you that for drawing a dip nib is the best.

I hope I hit some thing of interest to you here.

08-17-2009, 07:22 AM

acrylics, 8 by 16 ins.

I had the guy in originally but took him out as I thought I liked just the flock of geese best.:D ;)

08-17-2009, 07:33 AM
oh, June this is lovely - the cezanne style is "close" to you. The geese bodies are lovely - well shaped. You have captured the way the body weight leans with each step, and the forward posture of the neck when walking......wow.......you are in top shape of late......

08-17-2009, 03:24 PM
Many thanks Robin.

08-18-2009, 02:49 PM
Great geese, June...yes, a slightly different style. Give us more :)

Noodler's ink eh? What a name, and what a nice sketch Robin....You do a lot of sketching. Good for you, that's the way to go. Have to look up all the pens and inks you and Sandra mentioned...interesting information :heart:

08-18-2009, 07:45 PM
June, what lively ducks there. So that is the Cezanne style? Pardon me for not checking into his thread this month. I have so much to do I couldn't do everyone yet. But you made them so alert! Great crop too.

Robin, thank you so much for all the information. I did read about the Ackerman Pump but the person who wrote the review (Russ) wasn't too complimentary about it totally. But I was really curious because if that pen could take everything, then I could buy Platinum carbon ink and put them in it . I was about to buy the Platinum fountain pen with no choice of nibs and brush pen with fibre tip and get converters for them so I could refill it with bottled carbon ink . Have you used a Manga G-nip? Does it make very wide lines or fine lines? At the moment, I'm favoring fine, extra fine lines but enjoy the lines that italic nips make because it is so flexible but I read so much about Manga G nip too. Is it scratchy on the paper?

I am in the mood for pen work but the colored pen work really fell flat here. But I had fun giving the picture my type of characters.

Pen work - Sharpie Ultra Fine Markers
White lettering and stuff - Japanese oil paint markers and Y&C Gel Xtreme white pen 0.7 mm. That gel pen is good.
Asian dragons - Chinese brush and Chinese ink
the rest - Sakura Koi 18 pan watercolor set
No. 9 watercolor brush
Superdeluxe Bee Company 93 lbs heavy sketchbook


Photoshopped with fresco filter


A simple watercolor one.


08-19-2009, 09:27 AM
I like these Sandra. The coffee bar scene is so lively and full of colour. The sailor is a great character study.

Thanks for commenting on my birds.

08-20-2009, 01:29 AM
Thank you, June.

Here is another one. I have a huge box of ready to dry out markers and I'm determined to use them all up, with the help of some color pencils here and there.

The fine pen lines is by the newest Sharpie First Ever Pen. It's as fine as a Micron and it doesn't bleed anymore. Great piece. I got it for $2.37 for a set of three blacks, and another set for blue, black and red. This one is Made in Japan by Sanford (http://www.sanfordcorp.com/sanford/consumer/jhtml/sanford_brands_40.jhtml;jsessionid=KFS5PLLMVNW1ECQIUBSCJBQKBCQHQJCK), the same people who made Prismacolor pencils, Uniball, Waterman, Parker and Rotring!


08-20-2009, 05:49 AM
Love the bright colors of the O2 bar and the loose water color...but my favorite is the building with COKE letters. Really liked the photo and thought it would make a good lino print, given the time....but your rendition Sandra is just as good. :thumbsup:

There you go again tempting me with new, interesting art supplies. :heart:

08-20-2009, 08:50 AM
The Boater
3 1/2" x 4"
9B graphite pencil on Moleskine journal paper.

Thanks for providing these references! I used this sketch in stages as a demonstration of how to sketch people without posting the photo and credited azulparsnip with a link to WC in the article.

09-04-2009, 09:15 AM
Robert, very nice value study there!

Here are two quick figure study with Derwent Graphitint pencils.