Watercolour sketchpad: Arches, Hot Pressed A4 185gsm, 100% cotton, 300 gsm
Pen for drawing: Dip pen – Tachikawa T-40 Rubber Grip Nibholder and Nikko Spoon Nib
Ink: Rohrer & Klingner Calligraphy and Drawing Ink Schwarz (Black)
Watercolours: Rembrandt Pocket Box 12 Pans by Royal Talens
Watercolour sketchpad: Langton Watercolour Paper, hot-pressed, 100% cotton, 300 gsm
Pen for drawing: Duke 2009 Charlie Chaplin Commemoration Bent Nib Fountain Pen, Dark Blue Color, Calligraphy Collection Fude Pen 0.5-1.2 mm
Ink: Bulletproof EEL Noodlers’s Fountain Pen Ink-Black
Watercolours; Winsor&Newton Professional
Sketchbook – Scrapbook & Portofolio, offset paper, White Smooth, A4, 190 gsm
Dip Pen – Cretacolor – Calligraph 431 03
Nib – Nikko Spoon Nib
Ink – Faber Castell, Black, non-waterproof
Arches Paper – Hot pressed, 185 gsm, 100% cotton
Dip Pen – Tachikawa T-40 Rubber Grip Nibholder
Nikko G Nib
Watercolours – Winsor & Newton Professional: French Ultramarine (PB29), Yellow ochre (PY43), Alizarin Crimson (PR83).
Synthetic Brush – Winsor & Newton Cotman 111 Round No. 10
Kretzulescu Church, Bucharest (August 2019)
This urban sketch was done on location in Bucharest in August 2019. The observation point chosen was from the stairs behind the Kretzulescu Church. Being very close to the sketched subject it offered a point of view with a steep perspective. During that time I was looking for locations to urban sketch in the central Bucharest and found this Eastern Orthodox church. The initial outline of the drawing was done with a 3B pencil. Then the line work was done with a sharp stick dipped in India ink (Winsor and Newton). There were many decorative architectural elements that were fun to draw. You can see places where drops of ink fell by mistake off the stick. I tried to incorporate them into a pattern that was suggesting the texture of the cobblestones. I drew this sketch three days in a row every evening for one or two hours after leaving work. At one point a couple of tourists approached me and asked me if the sketch was for sale. But at that moment it was not finished and I told them it was not for sale. Also every evening a girl passed by walking her dog there and looked at the sketch. She asked me how it was progressing. After the line work was done, I applied the watercolor washes in two or three layers. The watercolor set I was using at that time was Royal Talens, an economical choice and with fairly good quality. The paper that was sketched on was Muse watercolor paper, 300 gsm, made of cellulose which stands for good amounts of water. It doesn not buckle and makes it suitable for wet on wet technique. After completing the watercolor painting, I added other details and depths with ink. For the final highlights and white lines I used a Gelly Roll white pen.
Urban sketching is a relaxing activity, a way of observing the things that surround us daily and a way of learning the fundamentals of drawing.