Welcome! I have one last piece to share from my Italy sketchbook today; on our final full day, we visited the Roman ruins of Carsulae. There were ruts in the stone roads made by chariot wheels. . . That's OLD. I sat on a large boulder in the sunshine and sketched the arch in pencil before inking it with my Copic Gray 0.3 multiliner, my absolute favorite inking pen. The gray lines aren't as obtrusive as black lines, so I can still change my mind when I am working with my markers later on.
These are the Copic markers that I used. I forgot to include a BV00 and BV01 in the pile, but I used those as well. (If you ever go to Italy to sketch, you really, really need to take plenty of both warm and cool gray markers! I didn't have nearly enough, so I resorted to borrowing and buying a couple of duplicates. The marker in the top right corner is a custom one, B40. It's a little less than half B41 and a little more than half colorless blender. It makes a great pale sky color when you need a cooler temperature sky than the pale BG's will give you. You can see at the bottom of the arch that I used a BG000 paired with that B40; but at the top of the sky, I used only B40 and colorless blender. Can you see the difference in temperature between the two blues?
After I was almost finished sketching, my sweet friend Linda Chalberg, an wonderfully gifted watercolorist from Texas, stopped by and wanted a picture through the arch. Do you see her waving? This is a slightly different vantage point than I was drawing from--you see more of the inside of the arch than I was seeing from my rock. But it gives you an idea of how massive the arch is, and this isn't even the biggest one at Carsulae!
On the announcements front, I have updated my Copic Certification Classes page with the schedule through early November. It's a busy schedule, as you can see! I am headed to Sacramento next Thursday and taking my son with me. We're hoping to see the Railroad Museum while we are there; we have one free day for an educational/fun field trip. Do you have any suggestions for must-see places in the Sacramento area? If so, I would love to hear them!
I have broken out the stamps tonight and will try to have a card posted soon. I posted one on Thursday, but Feedblitz never went out, for some reason. That's it for tonight--thank you for visiting!