RAP

NOTE TO SELF: Next time you accept to do a piece for a festival, DO NOT assume it’s a free subject. It might turn out to be a GIVEN one. And the theme just might be RAP. Are you serious?!? Like really!?! Me?!?!? Oh boy.

PICTOGRAMAX - 2015 - LONGVIC RAP

 

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SOKO GRAD

For the second 2015. escapade, I got to combine two of my passions – hiking and sketching. On the outskirts of SOKO BANJA, I climbed in order to get a good view of the ancient SOKO GRAD. Although bathed in the morning sun, the hight spot was nevertheless cold, so I improvised a seat with my spare shirt. On top of that I added another layer of insulation, my wool gloves, as I couldn’t handle pen and brushes with them anyway.

 

Soon enough my fingers were numb from wind so I rushed the sketch to completion. I would say the background even profited from situation, keeping a lively impressionistic feel to it (helped by TERRY HARRISON TREE&TEXTURE brush which I’m growing fond of, it really helps with random natural strokes).

PICTOGRAMAX - 2015 - SKETCH - SOKO GRAD

I was to write how I set on another round of testing DE ATRAMENTIS DOCUMENT BROWN ink, but as all of my former experiences were impeccable, I have not much to test, really. It just works. Even in biting cold, where I had to work fast and apply watercolors immediatelly after drawing, the ink held well and didn’t smear at all, on quality watercolor paper of THE PERFECT SKETCHBOOK. A limited palette this time, just four DANIEL SMITH watercolors: TIGER’S EYE, SODALITE, LUNAR VIOLET and a hint of PRUSSIAN BLUE here and there.

PICTOGRAMAX - 2015 - SKETCH - SOKO GRAD - DETAILS

On my way back I strolled the different side of ridge and stumbled upon a sunlit spot with some dry grass to sit on. I should have installed myself there, but it’s easy to be a general after the battle. So I just enjoyed the sun, SOKO GRAD and beutiful nature that cradles it a bit more before heading down again.

PICTOGRAMAX - 2015 - SKETCH - SOKO GRAD - HAPPY FEET

 

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PLATINUM PIGMENTED SEPIA

The previous round, when I tested De Atramentis DOCUMENT BROWN versus Platinum PIGMENTED SEPIA, left me feeling that I never really gave the chance to latter ink. Initially estranged by color that is more of a dirty pink than what I usually know as sepia, I did just that first partial test and never returned to it. Decided to show some fairness and after hamstering through my unsorted material, I managed to find it. I’m glad I did. PIGMENTED SEPIA seems as waterproof as CARBON BLACK, supporting washes of color without feathering, smearing or bleeding. And maybe it’s just my tastes that have changed, but I enjoy it being lighter, working well with subtle shades of watercolors.

PICTOGRAMAX - 2015 - SKETCH - PLATINUM PIGMENTED SEPIA - COLOR

I did the test in THE PERFECT SKETCHBOOK, on quality watercolor paper and in parts went on it pretty hard, to see if I might force some lifting of lines. Unlike SCABIOSA, which will resist to a point, but give in to more water and scrubbing with brushes, PIGMENTED SEPIA  held the line everywhere. Only on the outer part of lady’s hat, where I scrubbed the most, it seems a bit fainter in color, but still there.

PICTOGRAMAX - 2015 - SKETCH - PLATINUM PIGMENTED SEPIA - DETAILS

I’m still a bit ambivalent to pinkish color for just the drawing, but with watercolors it works great, less imposing or rigid as pure black. I guess I might be ordering a bottle after all.

PICTOGRAMAX - 2015 - SKETCH - PLATINUM PIGMENTED SEPIA - LINE

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DE ATRAMENTIS DOCUMENT BROWN VERSUS PLATINUM PIGMENTED SEPIA

In my continuing test of De Atramentis DOCUMENT BROWN today was the time for stand-off with Platinum PIGMENTED SEPIA. I have just a small sample of SEPIA that I used only once, long time ago, for the initial examination. I cannot recall the pen I used for testing it, but remember being a bit surprised – I know many tones are being called “sepia”, but to my sorry eyes this was rather a dark and dusty pink. Not bad in itself, but not what I was expecting either. I tried to color-match the scan so at least on my monitor it looks close to actual shade.

PICTOGRAMAX - 2015 - DOCUMENT BROWN VS CARBON SEPIA - LINE

At the time I washed it over with fountain pen inks, to test it for dissolving or bleeding, but it held perfectly. No problem on that front, it seems, but since it was just an one-time example, I cannot vouch for it completely. But based on CARBON BLACK, my long-time sketching companion, it should do pretty well. My tastes have changed over time so even the color didn’t seem odd today (it might suit very well watercolor portraiture) and I might give it a go again soon.

PICTOGRAMAX - 2015 - DOCUMENT BROWN VS CARBON SEPIA - WASH

In comparison, DOCUMENT BROWN is darker in tone, used directly from the bottle. But De Atramentis has a special dilution agent which can render the shade as bright as you wish. It can also be intermixed with other colors from the DOCUMENT range, to fine tune the desired shade. But I have yet to try that also.

PICTOGRAMAX - 2015 - DOCUMENT BROWN VS CARBON SEPIA - DETAILS

Judge by this cut-out details for yourselves, but I would say they are both resistant and waterproof equally well. The eventual preference would probably boil down just to the actual shade (although one can tune the tone of DOCUMENT BROWN but not the other).

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