Time-Lapse Pure Caffeine

This was such a fun sketch to do, with no real pressure of time.  Approximately 30 minutes in real time. Sadly the video cut out two thirds into painting. I was so engrossed in it, I didn’t even notice until I went to edit it.  So here is the final sketch below.

Music: istockphoto.com/juqboxmusic

Pure Caffeine Final Sketch


Water Brush Pen Demonstration

In this video I show you how to fill and use a water brush pen with watercolours.

There are many types out there… the ones I have used are:

Pentel Aquash


Sakura Koi

My favourite is the Pentel as the bristles stay sharp for a very long period of time.  In two years, I’ve probably only thrown out 2.  For sketching on location in a sketchbook, they are convenient when you don’t want to use a bottle of water with a normal brush.  I stash them everywhere for myself and my kids who use them with watercolours as well as those magic water books for kids.

Sketching with a Pentel Pigment Brush Pen

When time is of the essence, a quick sketch with a thick pigment brush pen is a great way to document reportage-style.  The varied brush strokes give it a painterly look.  The permanent ink also lends itself to being washed over with watercolour at a later stage.  The trick to using the Pentel Pigment Ink Brush Pen – Extra Fine is to prime it a little by squeezing the barrel to get the ink flowing and make a nice point with the bristles.  It has a tendency to get dry when not in use and the bristles splay.  A juicy flowing pen helps with the speed of the sketch and gives you the ability to get a very fine line with the pointed tip.  Holding the pen far away from the tip creates a calligraphy-type stroke with lots of fluid and lively movement.