Above: Pen and watercolor sketch looking upriver from the Weisman Museum, I've already forgotten the name of the building, as it was built way after my time. I'm looking across Washington Ave. The bridge is just to my left. (A new pen from Tombow that they call a "calligraphy" pen. It has a small, fine, solid brush tip. The ink is water resistant. This is in an 8 inch square Seabright journal (a review will come in a couple weeks). Click on the image to view an enlargement.
I find a sketch out a wonderful time to experiment with new materials. On Saturday, July 16 Urban Sketchers Twin Cities met on the East Bank Campus of the University of Minnesota to sketch the site. The sketchout ran from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a get-together-show-your-sketches meeting from about 2 to 2:30 p.m.
Despite having the least distance to travel (I live 1/2 a block off campus), I arrived late—walking in at about 12:30 p.m. I was able to do some warm ups with different pens and brushes, but then settled in to try the Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen. (I purchased mine at Wet Paint in St. Paul, but can't find it on their website, the link is to Jet Pens.)
I got the "blue-bodied" hard tip. There is black-barreled version that has a soft tip. I didn't try that. I also didn't try the pen with two tips—gray and black.
I do not know if the ink is lightfast. (For instance: Tombow Dual Brush markers have a dye-based ink and are fugitive and watersoluble.)
But what I can tell you is the pen is fun to work with on the Seabright paper which is very smooth. So if you like similar pens you might want to check it out—to see whether the lines you can get with it add to the way you enjoy sketching. I can see myself picking this up to write with as well as sketch. I'll test it on other papers and you're sure to hear more about it.
If you missed Saturday's sketch out, don't worry, there is one every month, on the third weekend of the month. (The date alternates between Saturdays and Sundays to accommodate as many schedules as possible.) The next meeting will be August 27 at the Eighth Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out! (Note that Saturday is only day ONE of the Sketch Out—you can come back on Monday, August 29 as well for a second day of sketching out!!!!)
Read details about the sketch out at that blog link. There is a meeting at 9:30 a.m. and at 4:30 p.m. on that date. Location and other details are in that blog post as well. ALL SKILL LEVELS ARE WELCOME. It's a great time to get out and sketch. Sketchers from several Twin Cities groups as well as unaffiliated sketchers all attend. We all have fun and come away with some great sketches.
If you can't come in August, join Urban Sketchers Twin Cities in September on the Green Line. More details are to follow. You can stay current on upcoming meetings by subscribing to the group's blog at this link. The group is doing some amazing stuff!