Icelandic volcanoes. Well, I think they’re volcanoes. They might just be mountains. Sketchbook pages: ink, pencil, coloured pencil, gel pen and biro sketches from southern Iceland. Click them to look closer.
Ink, pen, pencil, coloured pencil sketch of Reykjavik from the hotel on Rauðarárstígur.
Cycling through the Amsterdam rain is no fun.
Two ink and pencil sketches from Saturday’s session at IJmuiden, Amsterdam, with Anne Rose at the Haarlem Urban Sketchers.
This is drawn from the roundabout at Zaandammerweg, in Assendelft, which is on the way to Haarlem, if you’re cycling from Wormerveer, which I was that day.
Made mostly in that fantastic Cobalt Blue fountain pen ink by Graf von Faber-Castell, with some lines and smudges added in purple pencil. The ink is supposed to be a dark rich cobalt blue, but when you dilute it right down, or dab it off when it’s still wet on the page, it seems to go much more purple, even pink. It’s the loveliest ink I’ve ever handled.
This ink and wash sketch, with red pencil and black ink pen, was drawn really quickly in the near-dark outside Café Batavia in Wormerveer. At the time I felt it was a bit unfinished but it turned out to be one of my favourites. It has a sort of Japanese calligraphy look to it, which I like.
Ink and coloured pencil sketch in Utrecht. (From the Nationale Sketchcrawl 2017 van USk Nederland).
A bunch of trees in Wormerveer. Drawn in pencil, coloured pencil (grey), dry brush, and charcoal. Click the image to look closer.
Made-up Amsterdam scene along Prins Hendrikkade, near Centraal.
I’m sorry if that idea shocks you. Effective stippling effect though don’t you think?