I paint two urban sketches in water media, capturing the effect of bright light and hazy atmosphere. The plein-air techniques that I demonstrate use watercolor, gouache, and pastel over a casein underpainting to achieve the feeling of a bright sky. Also I answer a few of your questions and discuss whether it ‘breaks the rules’ to combine gouache, watercolor and other mixed media, and how to use photography for inspiration for urban sketching.
This visual history of the famous Blackwing pencil is based on a poem by Charles Berolzheimer titled “Ode to Blackwing.” It was hand drawn with Blackwing pencils, and tells the story of the $40 pencil, the pencil used by John Steinbeck, Looney Tunes creator Chuck Jones, Stephen Sondheim and more. http://pencils.com
This video shows how to sketch an owl and it talks about the benefits of doodling.
There is so much more to Frida Kahlo than meets the eye, as viewed in a new exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum that blurs the line between artist and art. Faith Salie explores the career of an unapologetic woman who carefully crafted a portrait of her life while living through polio, and her husband Diego Rivera’s infidelity, to become one of the most famous names in art history.
We write with lead pencils that are really carbon but, as Rob shows, drawings used to be done with silverpoint – and you can still make such drawings today if you know how to prepare the paper well.