Montlouis sketches

Sunny days are few and far inbetween here in Tours, but yesterday the sun was out and everybody was outside, soaking up all of the goodness and warmth and uplifting enegy it provided. I walked up to our little town of Montlouis sur Loire, following the sun everywhere it went. This is one of the oldest houses, situated next to the church, which is being restored at the moment and mostly hidden behind drapes and plastics, but it already looks so beautiful and I’ll definitely get it down in my sketchbook once it is done The men working on it, get such a great kick from being watched and they almost put up a show when you express your appreciation for the great job they do. They just bloom…and don’t we all, when what we do is just in a little way appreciated?

Watercolour in sketchbook, 19 x 25cm, Fabriano CP.


The second sketch is the main street of the center of Montlouis sur Loire. We have a Boulangerie with a Charcuterie next to it, and the little yellow building is our Coiffeur. To the left we have our Fleuriste and when you continue the road to the right, you’ll reach our DVD-shop , which is owned by our Boucher. We order all our meat from him as well as our DVD’s. He is such a nice man, soft-spoken and really cares about quality service with a smile. He’ll explain the best method to cook a röti with the same dedication as showing you a clean DVD.

Watercolour in sketchbook, 19×25 cm, Fabriano CP


Portrait of Martin

I exchanged some photos with Martin from dibujandoarte. 

Edit: He had just posted his versions of the photos I sent him and he did an amazing job! He’s very talented and tried colour, and soft romantic drawing…of course I like that one, hie hie! And he even threw in an artistically expressive one. See what he’s done here.

This first one I did of him is done in graphite.


My objective throughout the drawing was to have lost edges, definite lines, soft marks, dark shadows, bring some of the background into the drawing, keeping the work loose and staying within three values.


The pen drawing was relatively successful, until I carried on fiddling with the eyes and thus making them change into values, putting them out of context with the rest of the sketch. I only wanted to capture the different planes and shapes with contiuous linework, without worrying about likeness or values.