Brenda Swenson (www.swensonart.net) is a very talented professional watercolor fine artist, but also teaches ink and watercolor sketching. She has recently released a DVD called Sketching Techniques with Watercolor. For the first four Saturdays in August we will be watching and following along with Brenda as she draws and paints four specific demos.
Session 1 (August 3rd): The first meeting will be the longest DVD viewing period as we go first through the basic ideas and materials behind ink and watercolor sketching. Then we will watch Brenda demonstrate contour line drawing, then we will work along with her on a specific drawing and painting demo of a still life subject.
Session 2 (August 10th): In the second session, we will complete any unfinished work from Session 1, then we will move on to the second demonstration, which is on the subject of vignettes. After Brenda defines for us what a vignette is, we will work along with her on a vignette of a bridge.
Session 3 (August 17th): The third demo will be will be a portrait sketch of flowers. In this demo she shows us how the use of a water-soluble ink pen, combined with watercolor, provides a wonderfully loose and free sketch.
Session 4 (August 24th): The final demo is a fairly long one, where we will work along with Brenda as she paints a pastoral church scene. In this demonstration she teaches us that we are not necessarily limited to the content of our reference photograph, but can apply artistic license to our sketches to add and move particular elements.
Materials: For each of these sessions you will need watercolor paper (loose or sketchbook), a waterproof ink pen, a water-soluble ink pen, watercolor brushes, and watercolor paints. I have written a (rather lengthy) blog post regarding my recommendations for materials at: http://stacycreates.blogspot.com/2013/07/materials-for-ink-and-watercolor.html
For this particular series of demonstrations, I recommend watercolor paper on the order of 9x12" size, since that is about the size Brenda is using in her DVD. The exception is Session 4, where she is working on paper that has a panorama format. If you want to match what she is doing for that particular demo, you will need paper at least twice as wide as it is high. Regarding water-soluble ink pens, she does two demonstrations (Sessions 1 & 3) specifically with the Tombow Dual Brush Pen in Burnt Sienna (#947), so if you wish match more closely to what she is doing, it is recommended you get this pen. Regarding specific watercolor paints, I will not advise you to purchase anything different than you already have...I will try to assist if there is any confusion about what to use with your own kit while we follow along with what she is doing.