Category Archives: Markers


Lately I haven’t sketched outside much and I had been feeling getting tighter; I can’t afford to lose the spontaneity in my sketches. A few days ago I decided to do a quick Virtual Paintout, as they were during the month of November in Iceland. I grabbed a few random markers from my box and loosely did this, always with the broad tip. I need to get back on markers more often, as I enjoy them too much.

Sketching at Abracadabra

I have sketched a few times while having a beer at one of my favorite spots in San Juan, “Abracadabra”. This time I was in a bit of a rush, but liked the looseness and sense of informality of the sketch. I did it with felt tip pen, markers and watercolors, 8.5″x5.5″.


Some of my sketches during my trip to L.A.










Surprise visit to Los Angeles, CA

Bri and I arrived yesterday to Los Angeles, a surprise visit to our dear friends Pamela and Danny. We are now at the Getty Center, where I stopped for a quick sketch with markers.


Sketching on both sides

Today one student told me another professor had taught him that he should never use the left side of his sketchbook. It is the second time, in two different universities that a student tells me the same thing. I would’ve thought this would be true with markers or Sharpies, because of the bleed-through, but actually both students were using pencil..

I am really enjoying finally being able to use both sides of the sketchbook, even with a heavy application of Copic markers. The Crescent RendR sketchbook is the best I’ve tried so far.

Here are some sketches I did this past weekend at an event called Pecharrette, held at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico.




Campechada 2012

This past weekend I went out sketching to La Campechada 2012, an artistic event in Old San Juan. It was an excellent atmosphere, with dozens of participants doing their art on the streets and hundreds of visitors stopping by.

I did some watercolor and coffee sketches, but I really enjoyed experimenting with markers, a Sharpie and a pen brush. I was fast and loose, even on the small format I was working in, 6″x 4″. I also did some in my letter sized sketchbook while having a beer at a local bar.






Pushing and pulling values

Value sketch with a Chartpak marker while waiting at Fine Arts Cinema. Practicing an exercise in which you take mid values and decide to either push it to black or pull it to white. I still have to work on my decisions, but it was interesting. 20121007-162558.jpg


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