Friday, September 02, 2016

Dibuixant tant ràpid com puguis / Drawing as fast as you can

Darrerament veig que això de dibuixar puja i puja molt. El fet de dibuixar en un quadern, en una llibreta resulta molt atractiu i sobretot el fet que ha esdevingut una acte social. Dibuixar junts sembla ser una bona manera d'aprendre i ho és però al final aquesta activitat s'ha de practicar. S'ha de dibuixar molt, moltes hores, com tot. En aquesta entrada volia parlar del vídeo que trobeu sobre aquestes línies, però el fet de llegir diversos articles sobre el fet de què hi han més i més cursos sobre urban sketching m'ha fet reflexionar. Per mi l'urban sketching, cosa que s'ha anat definint amb el pas d'aquests darrers 9 anys, el proper any es celebraran els 10 anys d'Urban Sketchers, no només és dibuixar sobre un quadern, és molt més, és dibuixar i explicar històries.

Mentre hi ha gent que agafa un quadern i escriu per explicar històries, jo el que faig són dues coses dibuixar i escriure. Potser aquesta darrera és la que més ens costa, potser és perquè hem perdut el costum d'escriure. Ho entenc, jo em considero una persona visual, i en aquesta societat de la imatge som uns "homo videns" i uns "homo ludens", imatges i diversió a dojo.

És per això que us animo a no només dibuixar, afegiu text, escribiu en els vostres quaderns, no perdeu l'oportunitat de dir coses. Coses que no siguin evidents, coses suggerents, pensaments que siguin una espurna per encendre la curiositat.

Lately I see that drawing is going up and up. The act of drawing in a pad, a sketchbook is very attractive and especially the fact that it has become a social event. Drawing together seems to be a good way to learn and it is but in the end this activity must be practiced. You have to draw many, many hours, like everything. In this post I wanted to talk about the video you find above, but after reading several articles on the fact that there are more and more courses about urban sketching made me think. For me, the Urban Sketching, which has been defined with the passage of the last nine years, next year will celebrate 10 years of Urban Sketchers is not only drawing on a notebook is more is draw and tell stories. 

While there are people who take a notebook and writes to tell stories, what I do are two things to draw and write. Perhaps this last is the most difficult for us, perhaps it is because we have lost the habit of writing. I understand, I consider myself a visual person, and this image society we are "videns homo" and a "homo ludens", images and fun in abundance. 

That is why I encourage you to not only draw, add text write down in your notebook, do not miss the opportunity to say things. Things that are not obvious, things suggestive, thoughts to be a spark to ignite curiosity.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

New ink for my fountain pens and brushes

Yesterday I received a parcel with three new bottles of black ink. It is waterproof and it has plenty of colours, probably not as much as Noodler's but they are really nice and quite safe from impurities. This is the reason I have decided to use it in my brushes.

I refill my fountain pens and brushes cartridges with a syringe. It is preferable that you use one for each colour if you do not want to pollute brighter colours with darkest. 

Here it is an sample with blue grey ink. I have refilled five brushes with blue, green, red, a mixed of blue and red and finally with black ink. 

Here it is a detail from the drawing from above. I love how ink behaves, it is like watercolour. It is also important which paper do you use. Here I have used a Leuchturm 1917 sketchbook. It is not suitable for wet media but it stands the use of ink as you can see.

Friday, June 03, 2016

Drawing in Châtel-Guyon for Route de Villes d'Eaux 2/2

Last days in Châtel-Guyon where really a bit stressful, but I needed to take a break and on Saturday morning I decided to go and draw a tractor a wonderful Ferguson - 30. From the old days when Châtel-Guyon still kept some farmers from its old days. 

I draw this tractor because sometimes you must to pay an homage to someone who has given and share so much to everybody. This person was Florian Afflerbach. I met him in Lisbon in 2010, we didn't talk too much to each other because I'm a shy person with those who I see as a model, and now I regret it to myself. He was one of the formers founders of Urban Sketchers. He was an architect but he didn't fit to nowadays architects profiles, who mainly do not draw. They just use computers. Anyway, he was really fan of drawing cars and he and Lapin were about to teach a workshop in the Manchester Urban Sketchers Symposium. It is a shame but his artwork and wise teaching remains among many of us. Thank you so much!

Eating in France has become a really nice experience, I have enjoyed plenty of great french dishes, plenty of good cheese and plenty of good wine. Every day at Châtel-Guyon, I had supper and breakfast at the Hôtel Spa Thermalia were I was delighted with for instance choux à la crème as a dessert or lobster... Before I left Châtel-Guyon I decided to eat at Villa M, great experience eating croustillant de Saint Nectaire, salade de jeunes pousses, suprème de Poulet fermier Label Rouge, Curry doux, Épeutre et Lentilles Corail. Finally as a dessert I choose un petit pot façon Viennois, Chocolat, Chantilly à la Banane Verte. 

Before I left Châtel-Guyon and my hotel, Hotel Spa Thermalia, I wanted to get an idea of my all my work done along five days. Hard work indeed but really pleasant. Nevertheless, I had to draw a last sketch, the one of rue Baraduc with the market. full of people and stalls, with different regional products or clothes. There was also a band which was part of the Jazz Festival, Jazz aux Sources.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Drawing in Châtel-Guyon for Route de Villes d'Eaux 1/2

One week ago I arrived to Châtel-Guyon, I was received by the owner and the receptionist, Michel, of my hotel and I was really pleased by their warm welcome. I felt tired of long, long trip by car and I arrived just in time to have supper.

Along the journey I also drew some sketches of my meals. They were just some snack, something fast to hit the road as quick as I could.

All the days I have spent in Châtel-Guyon have been a bit wet, most of my journeys was so. Fortunately I had the chance to change my plans from outdoor sketches to interior drawings. Like the theater. A really nice and refurbished building thanks to the people's funding which raised enough money to get a brand new building.

But my first sketch was on the top of mount of the Calvary. I couldn't finish it because I had a meeting with Elisabeth the tourist office director's and president of the Jazz festival. 

I needed a second chance but it wasn't the best one because weather, as I have mention before, was a bit fuzzy, rain, wind, sun, hot, freezing,... Everything in just a question of hours.

I had experience ups and downs with my drawings. People say that drawing and arts are for having fun, of course they are for that but also to experience frustration, it is part of the learning process, it is part of being a person. Here there are some of those which have been part of May learning process:

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Road to Brighton Workshop!

We are almost there and we are preparing our leaflets and introducing with some tips about drawing people. Here it is mine but you can find more tips from Isabel and Rolf here. And more information  about prizes, timetable, contents,... here:


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