Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ghosts of Patrons Past

1/29/15 Diamine Chocolate Brown ink, Caran d'Ache Museum water-soluble colored pencil, Canson XL 140 lb. paper

I could have gone to life drawing at Gage, but instead I went to real-life drawing at Zoka Coffee. Unlike paid models, my unwitting models at Zoka tend to come and go as they please. If I expect to complete a whole sketch of an individual, it’s likely that I’ll be frustrated. So I learned long ago that it’s fine to leave their ghost on the page and carry on with the sketch.

Technical note: I’ve been using Canson XL 140-pound paper consistently in my handbound sketchbooks for well over a year because it gives me the best balance between the weight and the degree of tooth, and the price is reasonable. I recently bought a new package of it, and the paper has changed! One side is much toothier than the other, and I really noticed the difference with my fountain pens today – its texture was rough enough that my nibs were snagging at times. Dangit! As many other sketchers and artists have discovered, as soon as we find a product we like, it changes! Aauuggghhh!

1/29/15 Diamine Chocolate Brown ink, Museum pencil

1/29/15 Diamine Sapphire and Chocolate Brown inks

1/29/15 Iroshizuku Take-sumi ink,
Museum pencil


  1. Good collection of completed sketches and ghosts. Why do they always change things we like...don't they know that saying "if it ain't broke don't fix it"??

  2. Good bunch of sketches. I missed my "Drink and Draw" tonight because I have a cold. :(
    Yes, as Joan writes, why do they have to change it when it's working?


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