20180909 Goddess of Mercy Temple, Pitt Street, Penang

Size: 28 x 76 cm
Media: Chinese ink & watercolour on paper

This sketch was done with bamboo pen instead of twig pen with Chinese ink on watercolour paper. The bamboo pen is bought from art material shop but i sharpened one side of the nib to very thin like a mini size oil painting knife. It’s the same method as how i sharpen my twig pen (like i always show in the workshop). Bamboo pen is harder compare to twig pen and produced thinner and more solid lines. I love to work with more details recently and this bamboo pen is ideal to work with. I also DIY some bamboo pens using old broken Chinese painting brushes.

The Chinese ink used for the sketch also not the brand which i normally use. The type i tried this time is “Sumi Drawing Ink” that i get from DAISO, it’s also water proof after completely dry on paper. I added watercolour wash as you can see in the final sketch.

The Art of Urban Sketching

The Art of Urban Sketching is both a comprehensive guide and a showcase of location drawings by artists around the world who draw the cities where they live and travel. This beautiful, 320-page volume explains urban sketching within the context of a long historical tradition and how it is being practiced today. It includes profiles of leading practitioners, a discussion of the benefits of working in this art form, and shows how one can participate and experience it through modern-day social networks and online activity.

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About the author

Gabriel Campanario is a staff artist at The Seattle Times and the founder of Urban Sketchers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the art of on-location drawing. Campanario’s newspaper column, Seattle Sketcher, was recently awarded first place for blog writing in “The Best of the West” journalism contest. The blog and weekly print column, which combine location sketches and written stories, have quickly become popular in the Seattle area, where Campanario has been featured in TV and radio appearances.

A native Spaniard, Campanario moved to the U.S. in 1998 and has lived near Seattle with his wife and two children since 2006. His journalism career spans two decades, working for newspapers in Barcelona, Lisbon, California, and Virginia. Campanario has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain.

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