Saturday, June 22, 2013

Ackerman Pump Pen

Playing around with my new Ackerman Manga G Pump Pen on this sketch of Rainbow Kale. It uses dip pen nips such as a Hunt or croquil and has a pump mechanism that delivers ink to the nib. I've put it together in a way where my thumb presses on the pump as I draw, so there's a pretty continuous flow. I love dip pens for their varied line. Buh bye Lamy and Ahab!




Some more play with line variation using Noodler's Cayenne in my Moleskin sketchbook. Smooth paper is much easier to work on. Less catching in the tooth of the paper. Though, I like good kersplatt now and then!







Thursday, June 20, 2013

View from Double Bluff

Just a little sketch of the water from Double Bluff beach on a cool evening. Double Bluff is one of Whidbey's great off-leash dog parks. No dogs today, though!





Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Crockett Lake



I did a swing-by Crockett Lake for a quick watercolor sketch. It was an intensely bright day and as a result I think I treated the color too timidly. I have to keep reminding myself to beef it up since watercolor dries lighter. This day I was intrigued by the colors, patterns and forms scattered around the landscape. The wild roses in bloom sprinkled pinks on sage green and the purple/blue patterns in the gravel rocks all made for an active landscape. The fragrance of roses in the breeze was intoxicating!

Crockett Lake is a shallow brackish lake that's located within Ebey's Historic Preserve near Coupeville. It's protected habitat and serves as temporary and permanent home to 238 species of birds. It's definitely one of Whidbey Island's crown jewels. You can read more about it here.