Left: A page from one of my 11 x 14 inch Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media in-studio Journals. (Come on—that's way too big a book to carry around all day when you're out and about.) Gouache direct brush sketch at left and Pentel Pocket Brush Pen sketch on right.
I've been writing about direct brush sketching all summer and you can see one of the posts here. If you want to see another example of how I've been playing with direct brush sketching you'll find another post here. The search engine will turn up some others, though I haven't been great about categorizing them clearly—you'll also want to check posts on using brush pens. Sometimes the most fun sketching directly with a brush can be had using a watercolor brush pen. You don't have to stop and reload the brush, so you'll want to check out those posts too.
Last week I had a few moments (well it was rather longer than a few minutes) to scan some of the drawings I did with paint brushes (the purple guy) and brush pen (on the right).
I've enjoyed sketching larger and larger in these 11 x 14 inch Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Journals. The downside is that it takes two scans (if I do one page) to get the top and bottom scanned, then I have to merge them in Photoshop. WIth all that "busy" work ahead of me of course I simply put it off, and I scan the portion of the page I like and leave the rest off. But you get the idea.
I did these sketches one night while watching "Endeavour," which is a pre-quel to "Inspector Morse." I hope they make more episodes—I enjoyed it. It has been so long since I saw "Inspector Morse" that all I really remember is that I enjoyed it as well. Faulty memory won't allow me to comment on whether the pre-quel does the Inspector justice.
When I do a sketch like the one on the left I typically use a rather large round, a number 12 with a good point. A couple years ago Laura Frankstone drew my attention to the Loew-Cornell 7020 Ultra Round 12 and I'm still a huge fan. I can really beat them up and they retain a great working point for a long time. You can read about the brushes I use regularly here.
I'll have more to say about direct brush sketching at a later date, I have to catch up with some more scanning first.