I’m back from almost 2 weeks of traveling and will post those sketches over the next week. These sketches are from just before my trip. We decided our kitty was going to be alone and needed a perch by the window to watch the action outside. An unassembled cat tree arrived in the mail. Another thing that arrived was a sample kit, the Derwent Line & Wash Paint Set.
So I used it to try some really quick sketches of the kids as they assembled the cat tree.
These quick sketches were fun to do. But they were a real challenge because every tool I was using was new: the pens that come with the kit are single-width pens. (I most commonly used fude nibs)The pigments are an unusual texture: more chalky than watercolor, closer to gouache. And except the a blue, red and yellow, all the colors were super muted colors. I’ll post more sketches done with them next week so you can see the color palette more clearly.
I don’t do thorough testing so I don’t consider what I write to be reviews. And this early in the process of using something I don’t even have a strong opinion (in case you’re going to ask).
Much as I’m fascinated by supplies, they’re kinda secondary to my sketching. In the end, these pages are a capture of an event and an experience. And that they’ll stay for always regardless of what I drew with.
If you’re curious about the cat and his relationship to the cat tree, for now, his only interest in interacting with it is if I put a treat at the top of it. Then, if he’s motivated, he might climb up, grab it and climb back down.