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Sketching with a Brush

Sketching with a Brush

Sketching directly from nature with a brush is not as convenient as using a pencil or a fountain pen, for a bottle of ink or a tube of paint must be carried, and if paint is used, a container of water and a small mixing tray are necessary.

It is usually worthwhile to carry the extra equipment in order to obtain preliminary sketches that can be carried further along in color upon returning to your studio.

The sketch to your left is a good example.

The drawing was made on the spot, using black ink, with some areas of the sketch rendered lighter by diluting the ink with water.

A tonal effect was thus achieved and served as a painting base for the color, which was applied in the studio.

Using the brush on the paper without a preliminary penciled composition is also excellent practice for direct handling.

The eye must carefully survey the subject and the mind determine just what is to be depicted before the brush touches the paper.

A number 4 pointed sable brush will answer the purpose for most types of sketching.

Make certain that the brush is thoroughly washed when you finish, for black India ink shortens the life of sable hairs.

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Rokeby Venus, by Velazquez


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