Felix Scheinberger Dare to Sketch and Urban Watercolor Sketching Book Reviews

Sandra and I talk about Felix Scheinberger’s books Dare to Sketch and Urban Watercolor Sketching. We both love the loose and quirky nature of his work. These art books are definitely eye candy!

Urban Watercolor Sketching by Felix Scheinberger is not your typical traditional watercolour book. His watercolours are lively. Sometimes he simply uses dabs of colours here and there to accentuate a drawing. Other images use a combination of layered washes and wet in wet. His lines are lovely and wobbly (in a good way) too.

watercolour urban sketching

Dare to Sketch also shares that same characteristically quirky linework.

dare to sketch church linework

Although both of these books have some interesting tips to offer they are also a feast for the eyes. If you want to loosen up in the way you work and get away from traditional sketching they are well worth checking out.

Felix Scheinberger art books

Felix Scheinberger’s Books

Urban Watercolor Sketching – https://fave.co/2OhTdBT
Dare to Sketch – https://fave.co/2RHN2sK

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Urban Sketching with Watercolours in the Pub Cafe Doesn’t Go as Planned

Tara has been looking through a book on Urban Watercolour Sketching by Felix Scheinberger and is inspired by his urban watercolour sketches. She decides that she is going to have a go. Accompanied by her partner they go out to a busy local pub/cafe and Kevin reads the paper while Tara draws.

Tara decides that she will attempt to draw very loosely and in a wobbly style inspired by Felix Scheinberger. She realises that she needs a lot more practice and is disappointed by the result, but it was fun to try.

When we draw, we sometimes expect to be immediately good at creating something, even if it is very different from what we normally draw. It’s only through being prepared to fail that we can eventually get better.

What do you want to try creating, but are too afraid to try in case you fail?

Tools Used

+ White Night Artists Watercolour 
+ Daler Rowney Mixed Media Spiral A4 250 GM 

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Making Time to Draw By Getting Up An Hour Earlier

Sandra has set herself a goal this year to draw every day as part of our Kick365 Art Challenge. To do this she has been getting up an hour earlier each day to make time to draw. She has decided that she will add some colour to her sketchbook with some of the drawings too as often she sticks to black and white with her sketches.

Sandra finds if she gets up an hour earlier, no one else needs anything doing and there are no phone calls to interrupt while she sketches. The downside is that mornings are very dark in England in the Winter. In January, it doesn’t start getting light until 8 am, so walking the dog early is pretty spooky in the woods near her house.

Have you tried getting up an hour earlier to make time to draw or do your creative pursuit? What other ways do you make time to create?

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Having a Creative Slump or Block? Here’s an Idea to Get Over It

Tara has been having a creative slump / block since Christmas. She just hasn’t felt like drawing or painting even though she got loads of new art materials for Christmas. One suggestion is to create a page of drawings without worrying about the outcome, do not be precious at all.

You could so this like Tara by setting a timer and only allowing 5 minutes per drawing, or you could use your non dominant hand or do some blind contour drawing.

Tools Used

+ KOH-I-NOOR 5.6mm Diameter Mechanical Clutch Lead Holder Pencil
+ Stabilo All Watercolour Effect Pencil – Graphite
+ Rainbow Pencil 
+ Sharpie Marker Chisel
+ Molotow One 4 All White Marker 

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Glass Dip Pen Review – Aolvo Brand

Sandra gives a review of her new Aolvo glass dip pen for drawing. In her demonstration she is impressed by how much ink this beautiful pen will hold.

Glass Dip Pen Pros

• This pen is a beautiful thing to look at
• The Aolvo dip pen holds a lot of ink, so less need to keep dipping
• The dipping pen set comes with ink to match the colour of the pen
• The dip pen has it’s own pen rest included in the set

Glass Dip Pen Cons

• The pen Doesn’t have much line weight variation
• Obviously more fragile than a standard dip pen

Tools Used

+ AOLVO Glass Dipping Pen Set

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Draw Hands with a Continuous Line Drawing Technique

Sandra demonstrates how to draw hands using continuous line drawing. A continuous line drawing forces you to look for shapes and consider where to place your next line. Drawing hands is great practice as you can form your hands into so many different positions.

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Make Your Own Art Tools and Experiment with Mark Making

Today we talk about using non-traditional drawing tools for making interesting marks in your art. Tara shows a couple of the things she has found around the house to draw with and Sandra visits the woods near her home to see what potential drawing tools she can find.

Some of the unusual drawing tools she finds to experiment with are – a feather, a twig, a bit of fern and a pine cone. Each of these items makes interesting marks for a drawing.

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Lamy Safari vs Sailor Fountain Pen Review: What’s the Difference for Drawing

In this video, Sandra talks about her new Sailor Fountain Pen and the Differences between the Sailor Fountain Pen and Lamy Safari Fountain Pen for drawing.

The Sailor fountain pen has a very different nib to the Lamy Safari. Although Sandra still loves her Lamy Safari Fountain Pen she does like the effects you can get with the Sailor Fountain Pen nib. Because the Sailor Fountain Pen nib is at an angle it lets you make a variety of line widths from very thick to very thin which is ideal for drawing and sketching.

lamy safari and Sailor Fountain pens

Safari Fountain pen nib

Sandra also makes suggestions for the type of ink that she is using that doesn’t clog either of the Fountain Pens. Tara has previously had problems with her Sailor Fountain Pen clogging, but didn’t use the Noodlers Ink that Sandra now recommends.

Tools Used

+ Sailor Fountain Pen

+ Lamy Safari Fountain Pen

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How to Sketch with Watercolour and Ink (Ink and Wash)

In this video, Sandra creates a sketch of a woman using a variety of pens which make different marks. After an initial sketch using a mechanical pencil, she creates the drawing outline using a Lamy Safari Fountain Pen with Noodlers Bulletproof ink.

The Platinum Fountain pen is used for the facial features and the vertical hatching.

The Pentel Japanese Brush Pen is used to draw the shadows and strong black of the woman’s clothing.

drawing pens

When the ink is dry some simple wet on wet watercolour is applied to finish off the drawing.

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How to Draw a Semi Abstract Face Using Neocolor ii

In this video, Tara shows you how you can use a distortion app to distort a face. This can then be the inspiration for a semi-abstract face drawing. Of course, you could also use an app to distort other things like street scenes or images of animals that you could also use as inspiration. The app we are using is called Face and Body Photo Editor, but there are many similar apps available. You could also use apps like Photoshop, Gimp (free) or Krita to distort a photo on a computer.

The distorted face is then used as a starting point for the abstract face drawing. First, Tara creates an underpainting using watercolour just to map out where the abstract face will be. This also means that there won’t be so much white showing through the pastel later on.

watercolour underpainting abstract face

Then Neocolor 2 wax pastels are used starting with the darks and working to lighter colours. Finally, some sweeping lines are added in black around the facial features.

necolor semi abstract face pastel drawing

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