¡Bienvenidos!

Hi, welcome to my sketching blog.  I figured this is a good way to share my passion about sketching and to motivate myself to keep practicing and getting better.  I hope you can get to enjoy sketching as much as I do.

Sketchfully yours,

Luis E. Aparicio

iPad Sketching

I sketched this yesterday using Tayasui Sketches app on an iPad mini. Still getting used to the “watercolor” brush on these apps, but interesting experience nevertheless. 

Another shot at digital sketching

   

  

After a few years using cheap styluses (stylii?) with an iPad I wanted to get a better tool as a Christmas present for myself. After some research, I decided for the Pencil 53. I finally received it last Friday and decided to take it for a test run sketching on location.
My first impression has been very good so far. It definitely feels much better than the tiny cheap stylus I had before. This time I sketched on the Paper 53 app instead of the more familiar Procreate, as I just wanted to try out the Pencil. The app is certainly simple and straightforward but I’d need to practice with it a lot more. I’ll also try the Pencil with different apps to see how I can get the most of the digital sketching experience. 

Line sketching was surprisingly smooth; the rubber tip provides a little resistance, just enough for me to feel in command. Using color was a little difficult. It’s not easy to replicate a watercolor brush stroke, but the convenience of being able to color a sketch quickly is intriguing. I guess I can’t think of it as a replacement for my traditional media, it’s simply a different thing. I still prefer using pencil, ink and watercolor on paper, but this is worth a try, especially to use while on the train to work. 

Sketching Philadelphia, 30th Street Station 

Ever since I moved to the States I had wanted to stop by 30th St. Station in Philadelphia. Yesterday we met there for our Sketching Philadelphia group.    
   
    
 

Will you marry me?

 
Today while at lunch, in Love Park, Philadelphia. I’ve sketched this a thousand times, but I started just another sketch of it. Then the guy kneels down! Had to capture this!

Mixing it up

  
For a long time I’ve been searching for the perfect sketching tool. I’ve been trying out different media, pencil, felt-tip pens, markers, fountain pens, dip pens, watercolors, pastels, charcoal, colored pencils… you name it. 

Last night I decided to take a different approach. All media have some qualities that I love and some that I don’t. So why not use each for the qualities that I love?

This was my first attempt, while in the courtyard of the Philadelphia Sketch Club. I started with markers, fast, loose and broad strokes. It’s difficult to replicate the color and shadows you’re seeing with markers, so didn’t care at all about it. Suggesting bricks was pretty easy with the broad tips. 

Then I switched to watercolors for greenery. I’ve always hated green markers, but watercolors are more flexible for this. I wanted to jump back to a felt tip pen but the one I had was dried out. I used a fountain pen, although I’m not happy with the results. I needed a broader tip to achieve what I was looking for. Then I jumped back to a couple dark markers for some shadows. 

I’m excited about the possibilities, so I’ll explore this much more. ;-)

Sketching at Spruce St. Harbor Park

   
 
This past Sunday we had a sketching meet up at this cool park in Philadelphia. Oversized games (chess, Connect Four, Jenga), hammocks and lots of people just relaxing and having a good time with their families. 

Life Size Tonka

  

Maybe it’s the childhood memories, but for some reason I’ve always wanted to sketch diggers, bulldozers and construction machinery and never had had the chance. This one was parked by JFK Boulevard and 17th, had 15 minutes to sketch it. 

Cold again

It’s spring, but the winter cold is still here; I wanted to sketch today, but couldn’t feel my fingers. So decided to go indoors and share a sketch from Saturday, my son and wife swimming at the YMCA. It was really warm in there…