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Bethann and the Beaux Arts

November 8, 2012

The other day Bethann Merkle from the Drawn to Quebec sketch group was passing through Montreal. We had an opportunity to hang out for a few hours and talk sketching. I was particularly impressed how well she draws and talks. If you’ve ever watched a group of artists chatting, the conversation can be awfully stilted. We *think* we’re chatting, but usually it’s long silences followed by non-sequiturs.

We ended up in the Museum – too chilly on the street. I did these Lamy pen sketches in the little classical sculpture display.  Then followed up with a touch of water to make midtones. I really love these pens, simply for the water-soluble ink cartridges. It’s like magic. You just touch your pen lines and they melt into interesting washes. It’s a great way to soften cross-hatching.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. sketchysteven permalink
    November 8, 2012 10:34 AM

    Let it bleed!

  2. November 8, 2012 11:32 AM

    Thanks for the ‘shout out’ here! It was great fun meeting you, connecting to the Montreal group in ‘real time’ and getting a peek in the Montreal Musée des beaux-arts was a real treat!

    Looking forward to next time,

  3. November 9, 2012 12:07 PM

    Hi Marc, this is wonderful… and you seem to actually use ink that is not waterproof and you let it bleed? This gives a really nice effect… grungy and artistic at the same time. Nice ;-)

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