Monday, May 30, 2011

Hero M86 pen.

I drew people while waiting in the bank. On the top drew very interesting Hero M86 pen with bent nib. I used few Kuretake Twin brush pens and Stabilo pencil. 

Central Park.

Scene from Central Park in Manhattan. I used interesting paper I got on one of my trips to new York Central store, famous for their huge variety of papers from all over the world. Of course I don't know what paper is this, on the corner it said Glazed in pencil. It takes ink nicely, even half transparent, didn't bleed through. May be it is sort of rice paper? If you look against the light it shows thin white lines like stripes. It tried to fly away like a dry leaf, so I had to use extra clips. I like this new ink I mixed, it is less Sepia, but still breaks sometimes into antique gold.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

House in Brooklyn.

Random house in Brooklyn with some architectural fantasy. I ran out of ink, so had to stop. This paper is nice but a little too thirsty, didn't allow play with puddles. Too bad, I don't know the name of the sketchbook I used, no cover. I add blue from Bienfang brush, not directly, first put some color on plastic lid. Other wise is too bright for my purpose. At home I mixed new ink and now my fingers stained again. It was pretty hard to scan, size is around 11x10 inches.

Saturday, May 28, 2011


Just small street in Brooklyn, Homecrest with nostalgic feel to it. With few dots of color. In the right corner quotation from Guillaume Apollinaire, poem we use to love, my best friend and I. My friend died at the end of May 22 years ago. But it didn't change anything. I used sepia ink and Kuretake H20 on aged watercolor paper.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Eggs Benedict.

Finally finished Eggs Benedict, add color. It was very special breakfast my daughter made for me. Colors, shapes, taste was amazing. With hollandaise sauce and sauteed spinach, splashes of green and crazy yellow of yolks. Food is not just for taste, it is way of communicating, sharing thoughts and pleasure, creating memories. I used ink and few Kuretake pens. Touch of yellow marker. I wrote in Russian : Every breakfast with you is a celebration. It is not food or still life. It is life...  in ink.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Ave U.

 Ave U is Chinatown of Brooklyn, colorful and authentic. I like one big store there where you can buy Chinese and Japanese products. I like wild rice from Taiwan, interesting sauces, unknown vegetables, Japanese lollipops, sweets, pickled vegetables, edamame,  etc. Street is packed and colorful. I used Sepia ink and Kuretake H20 on old discolored watercolor paper. Added color later. This paper is so much fun to watch, it absorbes ink right away, drying in seconds and sometimes lives weird small dotes inside the brushstroke, creating sort of nostalgic look.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Funny photo.

She always amazed me with her creativity, even when she was little.  Some people just gifted. This photo made me laugh. It is also play of words, because girls created a new word in their friendship circle.
I have to do so many things and my drawings laying unfinished and I am afraid cats will steal dry fish from the still life.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sketch on the run with Uranus Multifunction pen.

Quick sketch using Uranus Multifunction pen over pencil and ink spot in square Hand*book while waiting few minutes in the car. It is my goodbye drawing to this place, where happiness, love, pride, tears mixed for me. May be it deserves better drawing? But as I like to say nothing ends, it continues, influencing us, changing, teaching, sometimes beyond our physical existence.

Friday, May 20, 2011


Drawing of cheap Russian style ravioli. Main thing here play of reds. I used Sepia ink and 4 Kuretake pens on old stock watercolor paper.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Found online, digital archive.

Moscow in 1931.

Published by California University. Glass negatives, hand painted. Too cool to pass by.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Path to the ocean.

Here is a small street from Brighton Beach to the ocean, near that fish store, I drew few times.  Always packed with cars. I used my triangle antique pencil for drawing and ink, added some color with Kuretake Twin pens. While waiting for puddles to dry listen to the Thai DJ, I download online. This guy was standing for a long time, looking at me, I was looking at him in silence. I think he works here.

Monday, May 16, 2011

My lunch.

Pretty wet ink version of my lunch. I used Kuretake Art and Graphic Twin brushes, couple of Zig Clean Color and H20 brush pens. Simple things like ketchup bottle or plate, when you draw it, when you look at it, seems getting its own character, emotions, relationships, story. Or may be they talking about me? I used 3 languages here.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Car in Brooklyn.

Another sports car I saw in Brooklyn. Reminds me hybrid of car and airplane.  Something superheroes drive in attempt to save the world, drove off the comic book. I used ink and Kuretake H20 on watercolor paper ripped from big sketchbook.

Something happened to Blogger and they doing restoration.

My previous post got lost. They said it will get restored soon. Frustrating. Then my internet shut down and one guy came to fix it today in the morning.  This only proves, nothing should be taken for granted.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sports car.

I was rushing home but couldn't resist the beauty of this gorgeous car on Brooklyn's street. Finished at home. Used 2 inks and few Kuretake pens, added Sharpie highlighter for the sign. I never drove such a beauty.

Street where I was born.


I found this online and could not resist to save it. I remember this houses, beautiful architecture, this big lions at the entrance of House of Scientists, I was looking for so many times from my balcony. I remember Tolstoy's Museum, where was nice little garden to play and hide. Caryatids and Atlantes (Atlas) holding entablatures on their heads and shoulders. My best childhood friend with the same name like mine. And when I was 18,  I use to draw there often with my dear friend Tanya.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Duck "Spice" in Thai restaurant.

It was really pretty dish. Drawing didn't fit into the scanner and lost some brightness of the color, I think. I can't fight with my desire for bigger paper, I am afraid I will go for bigger and bigger. Would be harder then with Kuretake brushes, it still pens, love their bright but reserved colors. I used 4 inks here and few Kuretake pens, Art and Graphic Twin and green Clean Color Real Brush.
  Accidentally I pressed wrong button while posting and it turned into this black color with purple lemon in the glass, I kinda like its painful drama, so decide to save it too. It is not food already, it is hurtful painting. So let it be. :-)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Potato latkes.

I made paper a bit crooked and with ripped edges on purpose, to indicate casualty of the moment, to show simple and warm kitchen scene, everyday life, how loving and pleasant every moment of life is, how much I appreciate it. I used 2 inks and few Art and Graphic Twin Kuretake pens on aged watercolor paper.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Red chairs.

For couple of days we had lunch here, in New Jersey, looking at tall trees and petting the dog. Beautiful house. I used ink, Kuretake H20 and 2 Twin Kuretake pens for color, red and black.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Sketch and list.

Trying  new sketchbook I bought myself for my birthday. Its called  Handbook journal. It says takes light watercolor washes. I used ink with Kuretake H20 and Namiki Falcon pen and blue from Bienfang watercolor brush pen, but not directly. It is not Arches paper, of course, but allows some water. Need to experiment more.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

On the boat.

Ink on watercolor paper. I used Kuretake H2O, touch of red Kuretake Twin brush and outlined letters with Cocoiro Zig Letter Pen. Distressed edges of the paper. It didn't fit into the scanner so one side is cropped a little bit. This dancing hair emphasize the wind. I wrote My Birthday in Japanese. Interesting that this paper is not that responsive as Arches. Soon, after I'll try everything I will know what is the best paper for me.


In the park. What a beautiful day it was. So many things we fit in, so much fun. I was even allowed to draw.  We got me some sketchbooks. At night we decide to cross Brooklyn Bridge and even walked towards it, but after witnessing a man falling on his head, sort of changed our mind. May be in a day time.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Rowney box.

Right for my Birthday I got parcel from UK with this adorable black metal box. It is watercolor set, I think pretty old. I didn't try colors yet, I'll see how it responds to the water brush and I can always  replace it with watercolor from the tube, I have some from old times.
It contains 27 half pans and removable metal palette, I like few compartments for brushes, eraser and sponge. Paper insert with color chart. I think it would be fun to take on trips to draw. Interesting what year this box was made?

Sunday, May 1, 2011



On the boat.

Quick sketch on the boat with Kuretake pens, ink and Uranus rollerball side,  white Stabilo pencil on the sail in Moleskine Sketch.