A portrait by Laura and some sketches on recycled paper
Sometimes Laura and I get together on Skype – it’s wonderful to be able to sit and chat with a good friend, even while she’s on another continent. I’ve heard that some of the big telephone operators in Europe are working hard against skype – for example, you can’t access it from an iphone over here – and I really hope they don’t succeed. Anyway, two evenings ago, during an intense discussion, she sketched me. I love the way she caught that concerned look I must have had – I’m sure I smiled at least a couple of times during the conversation, but you can’t draw two expressions at once! Here’s the result :
Thanks Laura! It’s amazing the way she can capture a likeness in a few lines, and yet her portraits all have an elegance which is pure Laura.
Last weekend, I bought a sketchbook from a local card shop which I just love – the owner had been promising to get these in for months, but they are made by a disorganized local company better known for their envelopes. Anyway, I chose two with a brown cardboard color paper. I took the small one for a sketching outing last week – I brought watercolor, ink and some brown and white pencils, and had a tough time getting any color to show up. I finally decided on a brush pen as the best way to do line on this. Anyone else ever worked on this sort of surface? I’m thinking that gouache is probably the best medium, but that’s a little complicated to do while out on a walk. Here are my first attempts, anyway :