Saturday, March 27, 2010

sketching eminönü

Seed seller

I met Spanish sketcher Javier de Blas in Eminönü for a chat, a coffee and a lot of sketching. There is nothing more fun than sketching with other sketchers. Most of the time I draw alone, or try to scrawl one out as fast as I can when I'm with non-sketchers. It's so nice to just be able to draw at my own pace, not having to rush somewhere or feel like I am neglecting someone, just draw, sketch, paint— and seeing the different techniques and styles of other artists is an invaluable experience.

Rüstem Paşa Camii

Sketching Eminönü

As a lover of ink, I seldom paint on-site, but decided to give it a try when Javier got out his compact watercolour palette. Eminönü at sunset was just too tonal and colourful for a pen— and I must say I'm pretty pleased with the results. While warming up in a café, we decided to sketch each other.

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travelingsuep said...

I love the sunset painting, a great result as you don't normally paint on site, very atmospheric.

black bear cabin said...

what a wonderful moment...and im not sure which are lovelier...your photos or the sketches :) what fun!

Javier de Blas said...

As I told you this is one of the best portraits I've ever had. And it's so funny to see my self so concentrated and squinting not to fall in details!

szaza said...

Thank you so much Sue and Lisa!

I'm so happy you like it, Javier. I've never done a portrait like that, and I'm really pleased with the outcome. It somehow worked out better than I imagined!