Friday, April 29, 2011

Glazing sort of fabric looking.

Very cozy looking.
Combination of flat paint and glazing.
Took me a while to mix the color, on photos it looks more red than wine. I used glaze extender, pricey but it worth it. No wonder I loved chemistry. I like when people happy. A lot of positive energy.

Little sketch on the run.

I was happy to sketch a little bit with my antique triangle pencil. Mostly driving, no time to sketch, hope to draw something tomorrow.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Dave's Mechanical Pencils: Wyvern Mechanical Pencils

Dave's Mechanical Pencils: Wyvern Mechanical Pencils

Mirado leads.

I sketched Eagle Mirado box of antique leads, I got on Ebay for my antique pencils sometime ago. It is really hard to know real size of a lead, because often people who sell it know very little of origin or history of leads or pencils they sell. It was advertised as multiple colors, but came in blue only. So I really would like to swap some of the boxes, I think it is 12 of them in this square box, but don't know how to find people with leads. I start sketching people in airport, but my aunt came too soon, so afterwords drew this box on the top of other sketches.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Inna in April.

Another portrait of Inna. No matter how close I get to the subject it is nearly impassible to catch an absolute feeling. May be it is easier with people we don't know? I am always angry at myself for allowing emotions to carry me up and down and I didn't win today again. But I had fun with ink I mixed and green Kuretake H20 on old watercolor paper. And 2 green Kuretake pens for eyes, Twin and Clean Color. I used only one ink but it broke in few colors, cool.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Liza cat.

Here inking of Liza. It is hard to draw her even she may stay on the same spot for long with day dreaming look. She is the sweetest and very sensitive cat. She likes to talk and answers on every word of yours. She still runs and jumps like she use to, bumping into walls no more. Whenever I am upset she is the first to rub her head against me and lick my hand, looking into my face. Everyone loves her, us, cats, dogs and our friends. I still didn't catch her kind expression, so more drawings of Liza to come. I used Ink and Kuretake H20.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Corvette on Ave V.

A little bit too industrial looking street, Ave V in Brooklyn,  but for me car compensate for it,  white color of this car was shining like morning sun. I used couple of inks and few Kuretake brushes.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

As usual.

I named it As Usual, meaning that it is a usual day and my usual routine visit, which allowed me to enjoy the view and produce this drawing with my usual art tools and ink. I had a lot of fun with ink and few Kuretake pens, my fingers still stained from mixing ink. I like this earthy color and left it airy, not too much contrast and minimum color.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Uranius Multifunction pen.

Here is sketch over sketch and some writing from the book I am reading, one of the books I am reading, because it is 5 of them. The book I got as a present from my friend called "How to read Chinese paintings". It is really interesting and enlightening. This is one of the things I would like to do one day to study Sumi-e and Japanese language. On the top I drew this interesting pen Uranius Multifunction, on one side it is rollerball on the other - brush. In white circles I drew endings of this pen. It is sleek and a bit heavy, because it is metal, and on the left cap has to be unscrewed, I love it.  I used Ink and Kuretake brushes, white pencil and couple of colored pencils.

Royal Seafood.

This is store at the beginning of Brighton Beach, corner of Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn. If you are in the mood for nice seafood salad or smoked eel, or caviar, or running out of time and hate shopping this store is good for you. Also here is the cheapest sunflower oil, which I like for salad dressings. Here I used ink, few Kuretake pens and decide to outline with delicious Namiki Falcon pen with sepia ink. I like to distress edges of paper, makes it look more vintage, I think.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Talens Rembrandt watercolor, I got on Ebay, from London.

Main view.
Hope the logo and lettering is showing. It says beneath the logo "Rembrandt.  made in apeldoorn holland"
View from the top.
View from the bottom. No legs, ring is not secured.  I am wondering how old  this set could be? Paints seems in very good condition, very responsive. I will have to place colors in a bit different order, how I accustomed to: white, yellows,  reds, blues, greens, browns, gray, black.

Cocoiro pen.

Another page in my drawing diary, where I sketched on the go and wrote whatever is interest me at the moment. On the top drew Cocoiro pen, really charming little thing I keep in my Kuretake jar. It is good for detailing and lettering and really pleasurable to hold.


Sort of combination of few things, but merely my feelings when I got this envelope in mail. I used ink, 3 of them, Kuretake brushes and new blue brush Bienfang, and tried Aquaflo brush. I wish my scanner would be twice as big. I should let them know and other couple of innovations I will suggest. Paper didn't fit properly.

Friday, April 15, 2011


I named in French, it felt better. I decide to try another paper, pad, I bought, I think, Upstate in Home Goods, It was French sketchbook, I lost first page, cover, so don't know the name. This paper, even thick, does not except ink and water the way WC paper does, so I struggled a bit and drew more violent. Then I took it out of spirals.

Google Art project.

Watch paintings from world's museums in details.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Link, architecture.

Cool design.
 Even my heart belongs to traditional and old fashion I could not pass this sleek design. Interesting that today in my dream I saw unusual design of the chair, didn't check all details, was waken up due to filter changing in our heat system, but still have to finish thinking about it it and sketch it.

Breakfast and appreciation.

After today's conversation I felt again how precious our everyday life is. How thankful I am for love given to me and how much I want to give. Here is simple breakfast and my thoughts in the morning. I used ink, I mixed and few Kuretake pens for color touches. I cut another old piece of watercolor paper with my mother's ivory knife.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Brooklyn, view from the car. I used 2 inks and little help from Kuretake pens for bits of color. Ink spreads on old paper a bit uncontrollable. Interesting that every piece of paper like wall behaves differently, even it seems the same.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Holding hands.

He likes to hold my hand while sleeping. How sweet. I try not to move for a while, if I slowly try to free my hand he grabs me stronger. So demanding he is, gotta obey.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Card for my aunt.

I made this card for my aunt, wrote nice words inside and don't have time to draw roses, will buy real roses,  gotta run to her.  

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Pizza and menagerie.

I drew pizza, (pretty good one, I read about it first on Sheepshead Bites and then decided to try it) and put in a shadow under the table my little menagerie. They didn't really sit there together all the time, but they were lurking here there, hoping we may drop something really delicious, which smelled so good. :-) I used 2 inks and few Kuretake pens.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Uranius 2018 pen.

Got new pen in the mail today. Fellini and I opened parcel with ivory knife and found beautiful  red box with golden seal.

What a pen! Rollerball on one side and brush on the other. Comes with bottle of ink. Sketches yet to come. Thinking what paper would be good with it.
I think brown, and thick white pencil on the top here, there. Stabilo pencil, which I got in NY Central. Super exited.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Pina Bausch.

Pina Bausch.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Spring break.

I mixed new ink, thinking now it should have more of yellow-honey in it. My fingers tinted different colors now, so hard I tried to mix inks.  Next time I will try to use syringe or pipette, btw, where people getting this pipettes?  I used one ink and Kuretake H20 in watercolor Moleskine A4.

Interesting to read.

5 sketching secrets of Leonardo Da Vinci

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Avenue of Americas.

Avenue of Americas in Manhattan. Looking through the park on 34 street, where big Toys R Us, magic place, where we bought so many toys for my daughter when she was little, so many stories to remember. Anyway here I used up my Sepia ink, have to mix new one. Love Kuretake H20 brush. Faded red from Twin Kuretake pen. I ordered Uranius  pen , brush on one side, rollerball on the other.  Should be amazing for quick sketches. Waiting.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Bread Pudding.

Bread pudding in Spice in Manhattan. I used 2 inks and few Kuretake brush pens. Really fun day.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

My leftover Faber-Castell pencil from old times.

I saw mentioning about this pencil in other blog lexikaliker, in German, (couldn't read), and remembered about mine, given to me more than 25 years ago by dear friend.
I use it with protector/extender which is really part of antique mechanical pencil, someone smart sold me on Ebay. But you know what? I am happy to use it, because it works for this particular pencil and makes it very unique. Next I should do  a drawing with it.

Interior with metallic glaze in strie.

Here would be chandelier hanging above the table. This design was made up and stenciled and hand finished.
Strie and panels on the bottom, this panels was the easiest thing to do but looked so nice. All woodwork was antiqued.
Another side of the room, staircase took greenish metallic glaze with antiquing, brownish antiquing connected to oak banister.
This was interesting finish, metallic tinted plaster from MM, I love working with knives, playing with texture. Top layer I did with opal glaze. This is guest bathroom. The sink will be metallic glass with tight texture, together it will be awesome.
Entrance room, depicting sort of abstract landscape with blue sky-like panels on the ceiling, with light wrinkles in it. Trim would be antiqued.
Now longing for new project.

Friday, April 1, 2011


Another  inking about Selena's Diner near Hunter, NY. I used Sepia ink and Kuretake H20 on aged WC paper and a little bit of my old Shin-Gansai watercolor from Holbein for the window scene. How lonely we are, but still so happy.


Can opener. Mamonov.

Saw him on Facebook. Pretty strong, weird sometimes, but I like him, gonna throw couple of songs on my Ipod. He says what I think.