Monthly Archives: April 2009

Ink Sketch

Earlier this month I received a wonderful book The Tao of Sketching by Qu Lei Lei. It’s really hard to find but anyone interested can see a limited preview on Google Books. It’s primarily about Chinese Sketching/Painting Techniques which I am very interested in but it also has great general sketching ideas – I really like the section on types of sketches you can do in a limited amount of time.

The sketch below is some simple flowers in a vase. It was completed in about 15 minutes with my Pitt markers. I actually did this a few months ago but it fit the principles in my new book so I’d thought I’d share it.

I also received another book on Chinese Brush Painting by the wonderfully talented Nan Rae but more about this soon :)

Cheers!
Ink Flower Vase

Pomegranate

I am slowly replacing my colored pencil sketches of fruit in my kitchen and dining area with ones done in a more Chinese brush painting style. This is the first. I remember all the fun I have had eating pomegranate seeds and thought it would be nice to capture that moment. The calligraphy on the bottom says “good fortune” which seems appropriate to have in one’s home.

The painting was done on rice paper using my medium and fine bamboo brushes.

Cheers!
Pomegranate

Hummer

I sketched a similar hummingbird in Illustrator about a year ago and decided to try painting him with my bamboo brushes. I think with a bit more practice with my soft brush I’ll get a better feel for the feathers.

Cheers!
Hummingbird