Oct 20, 2009
My new thing is to draw and paint on a watercolor block. It's my first time trying such a thing. As some of you may know that's a bunch of watercolor pages glued together to form a block. As you paint on it with water the page does not buckle or wrinkle up. It's stays nice and flat. When you are finished and it's all dry, you can easily cut the page out. Then you can work on the next one. I like the firmness of the block. For an Urban Sketcher it's like having a little drawing table. Here is a sample of one I did at Craig Cutler's photo studio. It's the view out his window.
Another thing I'd like to mention is about mistakes. If you look at the lower set of stairs on the fire escape. Just to the right you see 2 lines drawn that are at the same angle as the lower stairs. That is a huge mistake. It was where I was originally going to draw that set of stairs. All of a sudden I saw that I put the lines in the wrong place. Because I never use a pencil, I had 2 choices. Put the stairs in the wrong place where I began or put them in the right place and have 2 strange lines on my drawing. You can see what my choice was. I'm sure no one noticed. Being an artist, as we all know, means constantly making mistakes and living with them. Mistakes are my friend and I love them dearly.