Saturday, October 30, 2010

October 30, Brooklyn.

Autumn in Brooklyn. I used ink I mixed, this time it is less brown, I kinda like it, towards Noodler's Lexington Gray. One day I want to get Lexington Gray and Walnut inks. I like light sad vintage monochrome coloring, reminding old movies or faded photographs, like memories, when you remember feelings, but not sure of shapes. On the top is my list, I didn't plan to use the whole spread, but brunches looked so interesting, so I let it be.

Thursday, October 28, 2010


I am into ink nowadays. I should mix more of this ink, it wont be the same, and its ok. White creates such a contrast with yellow Moleskine. Drizzling, light, peaceful.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sketches on the run with Blackwing.

Still exploring Blackwing pencil abilities. This time used my last year Moleskine pocket diary, because I feel bad to use sketch Moley for such simple sketches, never know when people will leave and I wont finish. Today was appointments day, my last one ended at 10 pm, didn't draw enough. 


First page in my new Moleskine, Skizzenbuch. Paper seems more yellow than in previous, Red Moleskine, more antique look.  I used ink here.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Inna and Pig.

This is last page in my red Moleskine, already one part of the jacket. I wanted it to be about love. It started on April 13 with dead Nikita and ends with love and hope. Pig has a little hat, canvas top from a jar with preserved fruits.  Ink and white in Moleskine.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Car- my work station.

My favorite work station. Holbein collapsable water container hanging on the steering wheel. W/N watercolor set with double palette. Pig on the back seat to keep me company. :-)

Silver blocks.

Metallic over textured blocks with chocolate grout.
I enjoy doing textures, even I like earthy organic colors better.

Golden ceiling.

Golden ceiling with crackling technique and gold glazes on the top.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Hero pen with ballerina nib, people asked me about.

Hero M86 pen with bent forward nib, very good for quick sketching, because gives you different width of the line, when you turn it around. I love the way it looks too.

Blackwing sketches.

Dragged with me small Hemp sketchbook and Blackwing pencil, dressed in handsome blue eraser-hat Kum, lead protector, reminds me dorky woolly winter hat. Drew when I had a minute of quiet time. Very soft lead, needs fixative, but smooth and so responsive. Tried to lift up my mood with pastries, didn't help much. I  am thinking a lot for the past year about how it will be to live without emotions, in total chemical silence.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Traffic light.

Used Hero pen with ballerina nib, turning on both sides, getting different line width, in my red Moleskine. This is the last spread. I have one more page left, already part of the jacket... Why fall is so upsetting, even smell of coffee doesn't help?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Bookstore in Hunter Village.

Wonderful moment of sketching from the car on empty street with ink in Holbein sketchbook, after I got honey cream in honey store and then search for franks, which is not easy in this quiet season. Checked books there, nothing grabbed my attention and art exhibit was closed for no reason.

Rosetta Da Vinci pencil.

My new 5.6mm pencil in the middle. I like it's size, pretty small, like Shorty, but heavier, because made from metal, I like the feeling of strong machine like body (promising to work hard) and soft grip. I got dark brown lead with it, pretty hard, so wont smudge much. I have other leads from old times.

Doing research on color themes.

Earthy color palette

For interior design.

Color combinations

Outdoor colors, but good for earthy, deep color solutions.


Did sketch with brown lead 5.6 thickness in new clutch pencil, metal, heavy. It is, probably, good for quick impressions, but not detailed studies. I like this earthy coloring, lead is pretty hard. I got sharpener also for that lead width. Added ink wash and a little bit black ink with Kutertake 13 brush pen.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


It is 2 sketches here. First I sit near the fire and drew tea boxes, than, after trying this amazing liqueur, my friend brought from France, I sketched it on the top of the tea box, and the level of liqueur in this double bottle got lower and lower... Watercolor and ink in Holbein sketchbook.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Some of my pencils.

Pencils, laying over vintage watercolor set, I use sometimes, laying over my sketch with music plate in Moleskine.

Colgate lake in October.

Went to the lake, drew from the car. Watercolor and pen in small Holbein sketchbook. Walk there with Pig, it was so cold that my ears froze and almost fell off, no wonder people, who passed by looked like snow man in layered clothes.

Waiting for pizza.

While waiting for pizza scribbled with Shorty pencil (7B lead) in Hemp Sketchbook. Lead was wonderfully soft. I feel like I don't use enough my new art supply, to explore new possibilities.

Wood stove.

Ink in little Hemp sketchbook. It was only one warm place in the house.

Friday, October 15, 2010

My father.

I wanted this portrait to be at the same sketchbook.   I hated him, I loved him, at 17 I ran away from him. He forgave me. He was my best friend. After his death I learned things about him I never knew.
I started with Blackwing, but it was too soft too fast. So I used my harsh antique pencil and Blackwing on the top again.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Moscow Subway - Metro.

Moscow Metro click on the link here.

 could not resist to show this link and for myself to remember. I grew up near Metro station Mayakovskaya.

On the ceiling mosaics made from artists drawings about modern beauty of communist's life. My favorite part  was huge long escalator with round balls of lamps, it was cool reach to touch it:-)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Subway scribble and Blackwing.

Doesn't scan properly, I am at the end of sketchbook. I am getting familiar with Blackwing. I got really good long point sharpener Palomino Kum, it is unbelievable, how well it works. And I got 3.15 leads for Shorty, 7B it says. Not sure it feels like 7B, but gotta give it a try. So sketch a little messy, I felt bad to waste a page, stuffed with few layers.

Lost in time.

Sketch called "Lost", October challenge on Skineart. Idea is a little nostalgic memories of childhood, even time passed but it is still with you, part of you. I used pen, Faber-Castell colored pencils, white acrylic for milk puddle and couple of scratches of oil pastel.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Painted on tiles.

Did this still life on backsplash sometime ago.


I tried to simplify structure of this heavy yellow machine, first did it in pencil, then add Faber-Castell artist pens.

Monday, October 11, 2010


Best gyro in Brooklyn in turkish restaurant Sahara. But lentil soup I make better. I relay on recipe from Nigella Lawson, british food writer, she wrote for NY Times as a gourmet critic, from her amazing book "How to eat".  Seems I can't get enough of my antique pencil, add red with Pentel marker.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Bits of red.

Another corner of Brooklyn, didn't even notice the name of the street. Used my antique pencil again, I really like that it is so stiff and angular, you have to convince it and prize like a cat, till it agreed to listen to you. Add few touches of red from my vintage watercolor and white for the sky.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

On campus.

Drew with Palomino Blackwing in Moleskine. Overwhelmed by softness of the lead, I thought it would be HB, but it is B or even 2B. I often use 5H for first touch, HB is my most used. From this one head spinning. So pretty aggressive sketch. Add a bit of white for the sky. Should I spray it to protect?

Friday, October 8, 2010

Wahl Eversharp antique pencil.

Brooklyn street scene and my list in pencil, antique pencil from 1900-1920, called propelled, as Bob told me. Interesting, that one of the leads crumbles right away, so old, the other is pretty hard and draws angular. I liked it. I ordered more leads.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Music on my plate.

I drew it with my new old school pencil, I  got (a little forcefully) yesterday as a present. I checked,  it could be 1950 year or 1970 stock. It is thinner than  regular Koh-I-Noor mechanical pencil, so it sits better in my hand. I am pencil crazy. I wish I will draw more, like 10-12 hours a day. And be free from worries. Here explore some music and emptied plate before drawing.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sketches on the way to Manhattan.

I went to dentist today, drew with Palomino pencil.
It was raining and my bag and Moleskine got wet. I wanted to go somewhere to sketch, but weather didn't let me.
I added color in PS. I think I like without color better. Right?

Sunday, October 3, 2010


Near Park Slope. First drew with Palomino pencil 2H, then inked in Holbein sketchbook. Very soft spoken landscape.

Park Slope Library.

Ink in Holbein sketchbook, I got in Woodstock years ago. I ordered Blackwings, I should feel happy... Its weird that our emotions depends on assorted chemicals in our bodies. Always wonder how it will be to live without emotions? Total freedom?

Friday, October 1, 2010


I started with ink, but slipped into colored pencils, very few, over  the ink. I don't have enough ink colors and red from Faber-Castell artist brush pen didn't want to accept water at all. Blue connects everything and making smart face.