ESQUISSE DE JOUR – 033 – ZOISITE

Today it was a testing turn for ZOISITE, another sample from PRIMATEK line of Daniel Smith‘s watercolors. This dark grayish green is a real treat for texture aficionados like myself.

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With lots of water granulation is really coarse (as seen in the upper part of background behind this civil-war-era gentleman), and with a bit more pigment it turns to tighter pattern (middle and bottom). I’m suspecting it might cooperate very well with TIGER’S EYE.

PICTOGRAMAX - 2013 06 07 - ZOISITE - LINEUS

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ESQUISSE DE JOUR – 032 – CHROMIUM

Started a new round of testing of Daniel Smith’s granulating pigments as several new tubes finally arrived. This time a joint venture of CERULEAN BLUE CHROMIUM and SODALITE. I love the calm pastel nature of CHROMIUM, as opposed to intense vibrance of Phthalo blues that are a bit oversaturated for my taste. This nicely granulated and somewhat subdued color works great for me. SODALITE seems to exhibit a finer-grained texture, but I will have to push it some more to really get to know it.

PICTOGRAMAX - 2013 06 06 - CHROMIUM

I washed them over the drawing made with SCABIOSA and I’m still amazed how it’s partial bleeding adds charm to the final result, blending with colors in a way I could never achieve deliberately. To these cooler tones it infuses a beautiful supplementary glow. I need to check how it might work with warmer tones, or greens, for example.

PICTOGRAMAX - 2013 06 05 - CHROMIUM - LINEUS

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ESQUISSE DE JOUR – 031

For some time I set on establishing a portable and convenient solution for my street-wandering-plain-air sketching endeavors. Based on the idea of filling Pentel AQUASH portable brushes with fountain pen inks, so I can always have instant-brushes and colors without the need for water or mixing, I chose several inks for a limited warm-biased palette. From light to dark, I filled the brushes with De Atramentis GOLDHAVANNA and KHAKI.

But fountain pen inks are peculiar; while each gives vibrant and luminous result by itself, they tend to suffer from glazing and layering on paper, as one would apply the regular watercolor paint. Knowing this, while sketching one of the pittoresque corners of downtown Belgrade,  I tried to reserve the biggest areas for only one wash of chosen color. I glazed multiple passes sparsely, to avoid feathering and bleeding that occurs with fountain pen inks even on better paper. Taking the said things in account, the system can function, but it pushes the sketch towards a more designed approach, less painterly in style than working  with pigments that mix on paper naturally and efficiently.

PICTOGRAMAX - 2013 06 03 - SKADAR

When I neglect the nature of these inks, soon enough the mushy feathering creeps in to punish me. Like several days ago, when several spots of light on the stairs caught my attention. To make them stand out, I wanted to push the color to deeper values, but ended in muddy mess.

PICTOGRAMAX - 2013 05 31 - STEPS

Guess I’ll keep this setup for one color per sketch approach, which works fine, especially with J. Herbin’s GRIS NUAGE. And start carrying watercolor tin box and plastic bottle.

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CAEN 2013

Le festival, en effet la partie BD de manifestation, est co-organise par UNIVERS BD, chouette librairie situe au vieux centre de Caen, dans la maison medievale bien adapte, jusqu’a point qu’il y a un bar a l’etage pour se traiter avec peu du cafe avec les dernieres BDs.

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ERIC et STEPHANE n’offrent pas seulement les albums sur les bacs, mais faisons aussi l’effort continuel de suggerer les titres a taille de lecteurs. Et conseillent la clientele pour mieux naviguer les nouveautes et decouvrir les bijoux qui peuvent passer innapercus. Pour ca, parmi les autres strategies, ils utilisent les coups de coeurs pour promouvoir ce qu’ils trouvent de valeur.

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Parmi tous ces albums, integrales, affiches et para-BD, un petit temoin muet surveille la destin de cette maison de plusieurs centaines d’annees.

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La meme presence de histoire on peut apprecier dans les petites rouelles,  jetant le regard derriere les portes qui cachent les calmes jardins interieurs…

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…ou deambulant les passages qui menent vers nombreux jolies cafes et restaurants.

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Le festival est situe dans le cadre egalement impressionant, le chateau de GUILLAUME LE CONQUERANT, ou se deroullent les activites diverses. Comme LE PASSAGE DE TEMOINS est le salon de livre, il y etait beaucoup de rencontres literaires et aussi le programme pour les enfants. Meme le soleil, apres l’hesitation de samedi, a decide de participer a dimanche.

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Au stand, les dedicaces s’enchaineraient…

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…a cote de collegues HUGUES LABIANO et PHILIPPE AYMOND, et  les autres que j’ai rencontre pour le week-end.

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A dimanche on m’a dit que au port de Caen est souvent gare le navire de capitain COUSTEAU, et je suis naturellement alle faire la reperage pour le prochain album de CARTHAGO.

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La dimanche a vu les dedicaces s’enchainent de nouveau, tout comme les conversations avec les lecteurs interesses au details.

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Le fait que le chateau heberge aussi des musees et galleries m’a permis de decouvrir…

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…l’exposition curieux ou les objets d’aujourdh’ui sont presentes comme les trouvailles archeologiques de futur…

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…les tableaux de maitres anciens…

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…et l’histoire de monde inspirant d’AUTOCHROMES.

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ESQUISSE DE JOUR – 030

Strolling by the river, I was intrigued by the juxtaposition of a bicycle and a parked boat. I installed myself on grass, back against the tree, paper resting on my backpack. Somewhere in the middle of this session two guys showed up and started working on the boat; soon enough they noticed me and got curious about what I might be doing. They really liked the drawing and offered a drink, but my fun-time was over, I had to get back to work. So I just gave the sketch to them, which left me without the original to scan, only the photo I took:

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WATERMAN 12 and SCABIOSA for line and J.Herbin’s GRIS NUAGE and a bit of Monteverde’s BLUEBLACK for wash.

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