VSW: Angra do Heroísmo, 2

Our Virtual Sketching group was led this
month by Toni, who took us to the
island of Angra do Heroísmo.

W15 11 VSW ANGRA DO HEROISMA 011W15 11 VSW ANGRA DO HEROISMA 037I tried a new layout this time, trying an overlapping, more relaxed look.
Not that I don’t love a grid.  I LOVE grids.
(Must be all those years designing in high-rises around structural grids.)
Despite my continuing ink problems (feathering edges on DRY paper, leaky pens).
I like the look, though I like it better in my next page, which I’m still painting.

Will you look at how much Noodler’s Lexington Grey feathered and moved on the moleskin paper above!?  The doors are exploding!  I’ve never had that happen!

W15 11 VSW ANGRA DO HEROISMA 041Some of that happened with the blues and the greys in the building on the image above.

W15 11 VSW ANGRA DO HEROISMA 040 DTLI was much happier with the way the
blues of the bay (map above this image)
and the sky moved in this tiny image of the street above the Bay that takes you to the park.  However, I really don’t know what made the inks move on this paper.  Maybe the mixed inks in the greys caused a reaction?  Will have to experiment.

Oh, and I am completely over using
metallic watercolor.  See the detail of the car.

Moleskin 8×11 watercolor journal, Pentalic HB woodless pencil, Platinum Carbon pen
with exploding running inks (Noodler’s, De Atramentis Document, and Super5)
and Daniel Smith watercolors.


I started a Facebook group page (you must join to view) to allow everyone to share their virtual sketches, and also where we will, from time to time, take virtual sketch walks together.  Come join us On Facebook if you are inclined!
If you want to know more about what a virtual sketchwalk is review my first post.
There are a few more notes/pointers on our first walk through Laguna Beach, California.

I also created an accompanying Flickr group!


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2 Responses to VSW: Angra do Heroísmo, 2

  1. joantav says:

    What lovely buildings on the island. I like your overlapping layout. Sorry about your ink problems. Hope you figure out what went wrong.


    • Thanks Joan! I am having fun stepping away from grids, and like the next oen even better.

      I think it may be that I created a grey-green-brown color using two different inks. Then grey on top, and it pushed the undertones around. I am now seeing what happens when I saturate another page using all the same inks, letting them dry in between. Hard to believe it is the Moleskin . . .


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