Straight to Colors

At the 3rd International Urban Sketching Symposium, Eduardo Bajzek, of Brazil, is teaching a workshop called “Straight to Colors.”  In the workshop, participants will draw “using masses of tones and colors,” principally with art markers.  The purpose is to “broaden our artistic repertoire,” by focusing less on lines (pen and pencils) , and more on shapes and colors (similar to painting).

My art class instructor, Patsy Taylor, repeatedly reminded our class to “paint shapes, not things, and repeat.  Paint shapes, not things!”  I was blown away when I first saw Eduardo’s sketches (here, here, and here), so I decided to use Eduardo’s techniques and take Patsy’s advice, and do some sketching without my pen and pencil.

Below are some sketches that I completed over the last couple of weeks, using only Tombow brush markers.  The first is a view of Mt. Diablo from Briones Regional Park (about a 20 minute walk from our front door).

The next sketch is of one of my sons.

Below is the San Francisco Ferry Building clock tower.

The final sketch is of the corner of Jackson and Sansome streets, in the Jackson Square district of San Francisco.

Charles Caleb Colton once said, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”  I love sketching with a pen, but I am having fun with this technique.  I’m not sure Eduardo would be flattered by my sketches, but I will keep imitating his approach, and try to focus on shapes, not things.

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