Urban sketching with my Stillman and Birn Beta hardback book, watercolour and Derwent tinted charcoal pencils and a question about ipads
Faded grandeur, an A4 sketch of an Edwardian? Victorian? doorway, sandwiched between the shutters of adjacent factories. Watercolour and tinted charcoal pencils
I pass this door frequently and had never noticed it until a friend pointed it out! This fascinating sliver of ornate carving and tilework of the original building, now largely hidden and framed by huge modern metal shutters. It's patched, distressed surface was fascinating and I may well do some close ups of that as it doesn't show so well at this scale.
I've decided to extend the slow burning waterways project (city and county streams, rivers, canals, pools, flooded quarries etc) to include the city and the interesting or quirky or just beautiful-in-their-ugliness bits. I'll keep this book just for this project and add the other urban stuff I've done to keep it together. I'll probably keept the waterways element in the books that are already going.
S&B how about a pocket in the back of the sketchbooks for loose stuff like this?
The paper in these is beautiful - heavy (180lb) - and it takes any medium I can throw at it. The sizing makes colour glow. It's not yet available in the UK but hopefully before too long it will be.
And .... I'm very tempted to treat myself to an ipad - any advice on what you use yours for, how easy or difficult it is to transfer information to and from a PC to it etc etc etc would be gratefully received :>)
And how idiot proof it is to someone who hasn't really used Apple Macs and is only pc literate.