*UPDATED 3/19/15* Stillman & Birn featured the Summer Breezes sketch on their blog and social media feeds! Check out the post here.
This weekend, while it was cold and snowy outside, I finally had the chance to play with my Tombow dual brush markers, and am so impressed by how bright and vibrant they are! As soon as I got started, these warm happy colors just had to come out and play. I was unusually inspired, as I did not one but SIX sketches with them.
Technique: sketch lightly with Micron .03 pen, color in sections with Tombows, adding layers and details as needed, then finishing and outlining with either a Micron 1.0 or brush pen.
Sketchbook Used: 7×7 Stillman & Birn Zeta sketchbook. The Zeta Series has “Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm” paper, smooth and in a bright white. This size in particular is unique in that its square, very portable, and takes washes and fountain pens and watercolors and most everything I’ve thrown at it well. I love bright saturated colors, and the Zeta’s white paper really makes them pop.
This particular picture – with the green palm fronds on yellow background – reminds me a lot of a past vacation to Miami – summer breezes, green trees and bright bright sunshine.
Saw something similar somewhere online (Pinterest, Instagram, I can’t remember exactly), with a side profile of a yellow flower on a blue background, and loved the yellow/blue combo so much had to try it.
I just really liked how the yellow flowers turned out so I wanted to keep playing with them.
Similar to Sunflowers, but with luscious RED.
Tried something different with the clouds, but not entirely sure I like the combination of sunset colors with the pink clouds and blue water. But that’s why art is an experimental process!
Trying something a little more minimalistic, with some pops of red.
Full sketchbook spreads: