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.
Just found this sketch from last fall. Love the cool weather and the beautiful colors of this time of year.
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!
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.
I always carry multiple sketchbooks in my bag… different sizes, different paper, different subjects. Well, today when I looked for the book I use to sketch people during my lunch break I found out I had lost it! My bag won’t close hermetically and apparently lost in on the train. Tomorrow I’ll go to the lost & found office, maybe someone found it and handed it to the conductor.
I was kind of frustrated, but got out another sketchbook, just to not lose the habit of sketching Philadelphians in Center City. To my surprise, I ended up with one of my favorite sketches in a long time! Who would’ve thought!
This was done with a Lamy Safari EF, Noodler’s Bulletproof Black, Pentel Pocket pen brush and watercolors with a flat brush I never use.
Sketching on my commute has been challenging. Trains are full and they move a lot. Well, using ink is even more challenging! Especially a pen brush, which has very little friction on the paper.
I had been under the impression that the Pentel Pocket Pen Brush had waterproof ink. But it melts with water! Don’t know if it happens when it hasn’t dried up completely, will have to do more testing.
This sketch was done with a Lamy Safari EF, Noodler’s Bulletproof Black and the Pentel Pocket Brush.
At Spring Mill train station in Conshohocken, waiting for my wife to pick me up.
Today at lunch there was this crew trimming the trees in front of Comcast Center. It was cold but managed to withstand the wind. Can’t imagine how this guy up there deals with the cold. Here apparently people think that because it’s March they can get away with shorts, sandals and skirts… It was snowing two days ago!