Diving for pop corn 6″X9″ Aquarell water graphite on illustration board.
The seagulls are always an attraction by Lake Superior and especially near the popcorn stand. This is a quick water pencil sketch, as the birds do not pose in the air, one must build birds in short dashes and flashes of glimpses and brush strokes. The water graphite media is great for this as the tone and details can be enhanced with strokes of water both in process and later. I have found a #4 or #6 round sable works well to render most any small sketch. Then I found the water handle brush, it has it’s own water supply in the handle. A slight squeeze and you have a drop of water on the bristles. Quick and flexible and easy to carry both pencil and brush and water in your pocket.
Pen and Ink on Illustration board 8″x10.” Plein air sketch rendered 2005 in Duluth, MN
As so many lakeside studies, there is a seagull in the picture. Working in ink, it is difficult to capture a good likeness of the busy birds. Duluth has many opportunities to capture these birds, and much added scenery with lighthouses, bridges, and lakewalks. So, one must work out the seascape-landscape aspects and add a bird in, making sure that it will go into the background as erasing in ink is not possible. If you are not feeding the birds, you must wear a hat.
Pen and Ink on illustration board 8″x10″ Rapidograph Tech Pen.
Graceful seagull in flight; they are a joy to watch and both fun and funny characters to sit and observe. Catching them with a pencil sketch and later converting to pen and ink works best. Grabbing photo research helps, but there is nothing like watching and sketching to get the feeling of how much they enjoy flying. Makes you want to stretch your arms out and try. If you watch the children watching the birds, they mimic their flight with out stretched arms and share their popcorn to encourage the joy. Canal Park in Duluth, Minnesota – one of the best places to see both children at play and birds at work.