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


Travel Watercolour Palette

Filling with tube paint and colour choices

In this video I show you how I fill my travel watercolour palettes with tube paints. The paints of choice for this palette are all Daniel Smith Watercolors:

Hansa Yellow Medium

Pyrrol Orange

Quinacridone Gold

Permanent Alizarin Crimson

Quinacridone Rose

Green Apatite Genuine

French Ultramarine Blue

Indanthrone Blue

Phthalo Turquoise

Burnt Sienna

Bloodstone Genuine

Grey Mixture of French Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna

The palette I am using is a Cotman Pocket Sketcher palette that I bought from Ken Bromley’s Art Supplies in the UK who ship worldwide.


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.