Another businesstrip, to France this time. Drew this last Tuesday evening late in Tarbes, a house opposite the Cathedral. Used Lamy fountainpen and Pentel brushpen.
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Foodmarket in a multi story carpark in Tarbes, France. Local farmers selling their home grown vegetables in the early morning (7 am). Quick sketch made with my Lamy fountainpen and some watercolour in a WC-moleskine.
Les dessous de Shaya. Businesstrip to Tarbes (France) last friday; I got up an hour early to make some outside sketches. But it was still cold and dark and the only warm looking subject within a block from the hotel was this shopwindow.
Tarbes, South of France, last wednesday. The side entrance of the Cathedral. You can read history from the walls.
A laundromat in Tarbes (France); it was near midnight and the cold blue light from the shop made a nice contrast with the orange natrium streetlights. I tried to capture that light in this drawing.
I found this airplane stuck between a parking lot and a military academy, in the center of Tarbes, France. Would it get a parking ticket, like the rest of us? http://www.renefijten.blogspot.com/
Restaurant l’Epicerie in Tarbes, France. I had to dine alone, nothing else to do than to sketch the restaurant. Fineliner and waterbrush. By the way: the food was excellent.
The smell of fresh bread in the early morning. The flood light lit the facade of this patisserie. At 7am the Place Verdun in Tarbes was still very dark.
Tarbes, South of France, foodmarket.
To show how I mostly do my on-site sketches: I mostly use the large watercolour moleskine. At first a few lines 0.5 H-pencil to define the scene. Then I make the drawing with permanent ink: I use an edding profipen 0.3. On the adjacent page of the moly I make a quick sketch with my fountainpen: colours, shades and notes like what products or from which side the sun falls. I do all this all on location.
Later at home (but always within a few days) I use the notes to add watercolour to the inkdrawing, not necessarily 100% correct. I use Talens, van Gogh quality. Sometimes I take a picture for reference as well, but I rarely use it.
I thought maybe it is interesting to see how I work.