February 27th, 2017

Children at Play

ARTIST: André Mangabeira, Brazil
ARTIST STATEMENT: Quite often I like to play with dark colors more focused on mood and atmosphere. I am passionate about my sketchbooks which provide me opportunity to explore new approaches in my daily creative process. Every time I want to draw people in my sketches or paintings, I have this natural tendency to portray them in movement or doing something. I don’t know exactly why, but I do like it because it makes the task more challenging. Also, in this particular sketch I relied on some childhood memories to help me create the composition. Memories that I hope will never fade.

Regarding my sketchbook process, the very first step usually starts in my mind when something triggers the interest and that can happen in several situations, like during my commute to work, during my lunch time and so on. Later in my studio, I start work in using a very light and soft pencil. The next step is the black ink, applied mostly with a worn out brush using dry brush technique and not fully loaded. Then is time to apply watercolor pigments in two washes at most. The main rule here is be loose and let the colors flow enough to create nice effects. Sometimes I tilt the sketchbook in order to achieve the goal. To create white lines, I pretty much use a rigger brush loaded with Chinese White or when I want something stronger I go to my awesome Gelly gel pen which has a pure and strong white color.

MEDIA: Pencil, ink, watercolor
SURFACE: Gamma Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – Ivory – Medium Grain Finish
André Mangabeira is a Brazilian artist and illustrator. He is self-taught and a lover of traditional media technique, especially ink and watercolor. You can see more of André’s work on his blog here: https://mangabeirainkblog.wordpress.com/


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