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Old 01-13-2018, 08:19 PM
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WDE Jan 12 - Two Sunflower Sketches

Today I had two questions for myself:

Which paper do I prefer for dip pen/ink & watercolor wash, and

Do I like to sketch first then paint (my usual method) or paint first then sketch (never tried it)?

So I tried both methods and two kinds of paper. The first one is Daler-Rowney hot press WC paper. The second is Borden & Riley Paris Paper for pens which is new to me, someone on this forum suggested it. This was maybe 1 hour all total if that much, I don't really know. I was sitting outdoors enjoying my life.

The verdict: Wow what a different sketch it is when I reverse the procedure! Wasn't trying to make them the same. I was using a fairly stiff nib and WN sepia ink. The pen kept clogging with paper bits (? I guess) on the Paris Paper, then it buckled with the watercolor. I definitely prefer the WC paper when using both methods together.

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Old 01-13-2018, 08:24 PM
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Re: Two Sunflower Sketches

They're both nice, but I prefer the first method.
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Old 01-13-2018, 08:40 PM
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I prefer the first one too. The paper and the method worked better.

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Old 01-13-2018, 09:04 PM
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Both are lovely..but the first one really captures
ones attention !!! tyree
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Re: Two Sunflower Sketches

Agree that both are nice and I'll have to be different and say the second one is looser and appeals to me most.
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Old 01-14-2018, 08:48 AM
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Re: Two Sunflower Sketches

I love the second one. It reminds me of James Stevenson's children's illustrations, whom my kids and I are huge fans of.
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Old 01-14-2018, 10:33 AM
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Re: Two Sunflower Sketches

Both are good. I prefer the first one though. It has more contrast.
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Re: Two Sunflower Sketches

Good job! Agree with Clea the first one is a wee bit more appealing
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Re: WDE Jan 12 - Two Sunflower Sketches

I like them both! The second is looser, and I like the detail in the first. Well done!
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Re: WDE Jan 12 - Two Sunflower Sketches

Very interesting to see the contrast between the two methods. Both look good. I think I'd pick the second as a lighter, airier sketch.
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Re: WDE Jan 12 - Two Sunflower Sketches

Funny how we all have different preferences! I was a bit surprised at the variation between the 2, although I did not spend much time on them...maybe they’d become more alike with more time spent?

I’m also curious — do the looser painters prefer the 2nd one? I may peek at everyone’s work to see.
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...nice work on both, 2nd one fer me...
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Re: WDE Jan 12 - Two Sunflower Sketches

I like both , for different reasons; the detailed look of the flowers in the first one, and the gestural look of the second.
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Re: WDE Jan 12 - Two Sunflower Sketches

I agree with Kay and Harry, the second is much looser and the pen does not dominate like in the first, They are both excellent though.
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I prefer the second too!
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