Thursday, January 28, 2010

Moleskine: Ink & Colored Pencil Sketches from Antwerp, Belgium trips

While I was in Antwerp, Belgium, I did do some sketches (or drawings, whatever you want to call them) in what I call my Places Traveled Moleskine . This little moleskine is designated for my various travels to various places when I take short trips - Berlin trips are also in this particular moleskine.

All of these were done, on site, during my December trip, 2009 and January trip, 2010. I did do some filling in of windows in one of these sketches/drawings while I had some downtime in the hotel room and that roof of the building that looked like a pineapple. So many windows to do and empty spaces annoy me no end, which is my personal problem - I suffer from "horror vacui" (literally: fear of empty spaces, also known as cenophobia), a medieval artists' affliction . You should see my studio - well, maybe not! LOL !!

So, here they are .... sorry, there are no larger sized clicking anymore, you can thank the image thieves for this change to my blog

artwork copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
sketches L to R:
Christmas Tree on the Meir in Antwerp - Dec. 2009
Interior of Restaurant Aurelia in Antwerp - Jan. 2010
Single Birthday Rose from the Surprise Bouquet in Antwerp - Jan. 2010

artwork copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
images L to R:
Buildings Near the Grotemarkt in Antwerp - Jan. 2010
Tram Riders in Antwerp - Jan. 2010
Christmas Decorations in the Feestzaal - Antwerp, Dec. 2009

artwork copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
images L to R:
Leonidas Chocolate Hearts on the Table - Antwerp, Jan. 2010
Cupola of a Building on the Meir - Antwerp, Dec. 2009
Hotel Room Interior - Antwerp, Jan. 2009

For those sketches/drawings, I used:
- A small Moleskine Sketchbook.
- Sigma Micron Pigment pens of varying sizes (permanent black ink).
- A very small set of Copic Markers (I only have 4 colors and one colorless blender marker, just testing them out).
- Some Caran d' Ache Pablos and a few Prismacolor colored pencils, that I had with me.

I packed light for these short trips - didn't take the whole studio with me...LOL. I found the colored pencils blended very well with the alcohol based markers. I also used a Copic Colorless Blender Marker on the colored pencil areas, which worked very well indeed. Being alcohol based rather than water based, the Copic Markers did not ruin the surface texture of the paper and that's a good thing, in my opinion.

Been thinking of doing the scene of the fancy buildings near the Grotemarkt (the one with all the windows) over again on a bigger sheet of paper - then I can frame it. Probably will take me forever to complete, what with all those windows and ornate bits to do again! heh heh. Those buildings are amazing in real life, so fabulously Baroque with all their ornamentation and each a different roof top.

Having enjoyed using the Copic Markers so much for sketching, I'm now going to expand on the colors I have ... I want more! :o) However, I don't think I'd recommend, or use, them for a real proper drawing (one intended for sale or to frame) because I'm not sure how long the colors will last, some colors may be rather fugitive when constantly exposed to light. Though, I would use the Copic Colorless Blender Marker as an aid in doing a full colored pencil piece.

So, it's on to February and something for Valentines ... hmm, like those chocolate hearts or maybe some markers (though not made of chocolate, of course!). ;o)

tot ziens,


Meisie said...

Beautiful as always Judy! The houses on a row is wonderful, as is the Cupola...and of course the cocs! Yay chocs!
I've been looking at those Copic markers. They sure look wonderful! I'm doing my best to resist the urge to 'try' them ;-)

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Thanks Charne :o)

I know what you mean about resisting the urge to buy new art supplies. I've been resisting the Luminance pencils for a long time now... might cave in soon though, on just a few basic colors (r/y/b). LOL

Just buy a select few of the Copic markers...give them a try. I think you might like them too. And the pro versions are refillable with their inks. That's pretty tempting right there! lol


Betsi and Rick said...

hi judy,
just found your blog when searching "copic markers in france." i live in paris and have been seeing a lot about copic markers lately for use in rubber stamping. as i will be in amsterdam in march i wondered if i would find them in stores there. do you know? or do you buy them on line? thanks and great site--beautiful art work!

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Hi Betsi and Rick,

If you want Copic markers made specifically for rubber stamping, look for a store called "Pipoos" (phonetically pronounced to sound like "pip-pohs".

Pipoos stores are all over the Netherlands, and would also be somewhere in Amsterdam - they carry the full line of Copic markers for crafters (Copic Ciao) and other rubber stamping supplies, etc. I don't live in Amsterdam, so I can't tell you exactly where it is, but Google the name, you'll find a store somewhere.

Thanks for your nice comment too!

Betsi and Rick said...

thanks so much for the great info. will definitely check out pipoos and the ciao line of copic. the youtube vids are a great way to see them in use and now i want to try them myself! ;o) no resisting here!
bon journee

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

"de rien", "graag gedaan", "you're welcome" Betsi!

Have a wonderufl time in Amsterdam - where you don't need to speak Dutch!! Most folks in Amsterdam speak English very well and quite possibly French too. ;o)

If you're looking for the Copic markers in Paris, try somewhere over in Montparnese. I remember there were a few art supply and craft stores in that area - possibly in the center area, where they often have a street art fair. Of course, I can't remember the names of the stores right now *sigh*, been too long since I've been in Paris *even bigger sigh!*



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