Summer is the time for plein air painting and drawing. Getting out to a location and capturing something of the spirit of a place.
The family tries to go hiking every warm weekend that we get here, because our summers are way too short not to take advantage of the good weather. When we go out I always take an art kit with me, for painting I have a few kits I choose from to take. But sometimes I just want to go light so I take a pen and paper for sketching.
I rediscovered Pilot Fineliners last month and I have to say they are the perfect tool for this (for me). The tip is super fine and makes a wonderful deep black mark. When I touch a little water to it the ink softens to a really lovely blue tinted grey.
Here are some postcards I drew at the zoo last weekend. Being able to add the wash effects changes these drawings from being line drawings to something with a little extra. It adds texture, it gives great shading, and a certain character that you don't get from a straight line drawing.
This isn't to say that ink drawings aren't great, they are, but this is really a technique that I love, and I've been looking for the perfect pen to take with me when I'm heading out.
So here we go, 9 weeks of summer left in this part of the world and I'm going to head out and capture as much of it as I can.