I didn't want to name my new post with the 2011 year again (because those sketches are from this year!).
So, now it seams less old.
As you probably noticed, I started to fell a bit lock on a moleskine format last year. Using the double page of A4 watercolor sketchbook (still moleskine) gave me enough space to breath.
Unfortunatly some sketches are now splitted on two different binders.
I should build my owne sketchbook.
The problem is about the paper. Is there anybody who know a similar paper than the watercolor moleskine paper (really smooth with no grain and strong enough to fight with watercolor!)?
I will appreciate if anybody could give me a clue.
The sketch with ink wash has been done on an italian sketchbook, bought in Florence (Firence).
It's a watercolor paper inside a leather cover... I LOVE IT!!!
If you go there one day, the store is in a street on the right when you are facing the cathedral entrance (I will ask for confirmation).
Just another update with old works.
The castel of "Guet-pean", located 50 kilometers in south of Blois is unfortunatly a forgotten castel of Loire. It deserve more visitor. And the Landscape around it is marvelous.
For a sketchcrawl, what could be better than a sitted place at a terrasse, especially when a lot of tourist are coming for a refreshment. I spent almost 3 hours here. Even if I missed some good opportunities, especially an old guy with white barbe and sailor hat (I drawed him quickly but he left before more possible sketches), I had a lot of fun to draw the old "cougar lady".I think she noticed that I drawed her.
Then I moved away (my arms started to have sun burns!!),
I drawed a view of the Saint Nicolas church seen from the castel panoramic platform. I take this opportunity to explain that I didn't draw the castel of Blois yet because the facade doesn't offer good choices of composition.
The last drawing was done at the Louis XII place where all citizen of Blois go after 19:00 the saturday for a little drink.
Saint-Nicolas de Blois is a magnificent Romanesque church built from 1138 by Benedictine monks. They were coming from a land called "La Perche" (130 km north of Blois), fleeing a Viking raid. They settled in Blois and built their monastery and the church of St. Laumer (named after the founder of their monastery wich became later the church Saint-Nicolas). The church has been damaged during the Wars of Religion (1568) and rebuilt during 17th century. Located at the bottom of the Blois royal castle, surrounded by an old medieval neighborhood, this church is dominating the city by its massive and elegant silhouette. The monument is unfortunately not highlighted by the city and do not enjoy such the night spotlights wich can receive the Cathedral. For one of the oldest building in Blois, it is such a pity.
On the drawing you can see a part of the royal castel, the aisle "Gaston d'orléans" (1635-38)
In spring and early summer, I had already familiarized myself with the tremendous wealth Animal of the "zoo de Beauval". When I went back in September and October I wanted to go beyond the classical production of animal sketches. So I chosed to approach the subject as an illustration, incorporating animals in their natural environment but in a decorative manner, integrating the text as a element of the general composition.
The pencil sketches were done on moleskine paper and the two watercolor on moleskine watercolor paper.
This first group was done in september...
And this group of sketches were done in october.
The "zoo de Beauval" stay open during winter and i hope to go back soon to study some others animals in their tropical and australian green house...but without watercolor (I experimented it already, too much humidity to do it!).