Sunday, August 21, 2016

Omar paint Iah Moontra

Recently I bought a go pro camera to record the way I paint. Here is a time lapse video I did last week.

This group Iah Moontra is really amazing, they really transform the space where they play...very Berlin in some way.





Here is the final drawing:





Fresh singing

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

My Zanzibar Sketchbook

Wow! After I created the PDF of my Zanzibar sketchbook I forgot to share it here. Here it is, I hope you enjoy it.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Portrait delight

Lately I am more interested in portraits. My friends have to suffer



Karam
Karam is from Syria. We are doing a language exchange. I am teaching him German and he teaches me Arabic. I used  blue Caran D'Ache Watercolor Pencil to draw him, sprayed with water, let the colors fade a littel and thed apply watercolors. The hair is done with a dry brush technic. As paper I am use a Stillman & Birn Beta (for watercolor) sketchbook.

Najeeb
I went with Najeed and other friends to the lake on a sunny day. I drew him first with Pencil and added Watercolor. The skin color I created with Alizarim Crimson and some yellow, in parts I added cerulean blue to get the tones darker.Notice the red dots on eyes, nose, mouth corners and ears. These are color bridges and help to direct our eyes around the face.

Elvis
Elvis is a dancer. we go together to the gym and sometimes later have a beer and enjoy the sun. I have drawn him many times. I drew the portrait with pencil and added watercolor later. For the lights of the hair I used a base purple and later cover it partially with sepia and dark blue.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Guido Westerwelle ist tot

That is the headline today in German Newspapers: Guido Westerwelle is dead. He was a German politician from the FDP Party. He became foreign minister and vice chancellor between 2009-2013 during the previous Merkel government.
I draw him 2013 during an "open door" day at the Foreign Affairs Building. He was there talking to the public, without any knowledge about his leukemia. A year later after he retired from politics, he got the diagnostic after doing some tests for a minor operation. What shock me about his death, is that he was young and he was suppose to start a new life, and from nowhere he got this illness. He was just 54. It could happen to me, it could happen to anybody. R.I.P

Monday, February 8, 2016

My review from the paperworld fair

As some of you know, almost every year I visit Paperworld  / Creativeworld fair in Frankfurt. Sometimes I work there, sometimes I visit. This year I was working at the Caran d'Ache booth. On the last day I took some time to visit other booths and here is a review of some new products I found interesting this year.

Caran d'Ache:

 As I mentioned before I worked three days at the Caran d'Ache booth. The quality of their products is outstanding. I spent most of the time drawings with the Museum watercolor pencils and Luminance 6901 permanent color pencils. The Luminance 6901 has the strongest lightfast resistance in the market. 

However my happy discover was the blender: a wax stick that blends colors together, blur edges and increase the intensity of colors and mixes. I made a test to explain it. You can use over permanent or watercolor pencils, but since it is a wax, it would mask watercolor pencils against water after applying it.


PS: you can find many of my drawings with Caran d'Ache color pencils in Instagram omar_paint


ShinHan Art:

It is good to keep an eye on this korean company. Every year they have new products, with good quality, competitive prices and great packaging.

If you are an architect or designer probably know their alcohol based Touch Twin markers. I use  their watercolors so I was very happy to see this new watercolor palette, very robust, nice design, transparent acrylic interior, an extra small removable palette also comes inside, but was not available for the photo.

Shinhanart.com


Stillman & Birn:


Stillman & Birn keeps pointing towards paper and binding quality.

I finally could see their new range of softcover sketchbooks. I am happy to see the Gama, Beta and Zeta series also available in my favorite landscape format.

stillmanandbirn.com





Pentel:


If you are an Urban Sketcher you know Pentel. The black Manga Brush pen is a must and their waterbrushes...well you can't have enough of them. Besides the small, medium and large brushes, I discover this year that they also offer a flat brush. (left bottom)

pentel.com






Nevskaya Palitra (White Nigths):


Did I mentioned that I learnt to paint with White Nights watercolors? They offer  professional quality for a reasonable price.  They have now a small portable case practical for sketchers and what is great: Kolinsky sable brushes, very very affordable!! amazing !!!

You would find them under the name of the company Neskaya Palitra

http://www.nevskayapalitra.ru/eng


Super5:

Super5 is also in the fast track of innovation. They have now also their mix media sketchbooks in hardcover and what they call universal sketchbooks: you can use alcohol based markers as well as light washes of watercolors* (the paper bends a little with water, but it is still very robust to keep working on it) They are also launching new calligraphic pens with new nibs: 07 mm, 1 mm, 1.5 mm and ink rollers. 



Leuchtturm1917

Leuchtturm1917 have many practical planners and notebooks in many colors, However this is my personal favorite: a business card holder. Isn't it cute?

Monday, November 23, 2015

Fish-eye perspectives

I am still learning it. I took Paul Heaston Workshop in Paraty two years ago and although I think I got the idea, I have to constantly practice to get it right. So every time I have a new material I try it again as an exercise.
A #sunday cold #berlin afternoon at #kaffeebarberlin #ColourYourCity @pigmentmarker #winsorandnewton #winsornewton #urbansketchers #mykreuzberg
Winter is coming in Berlin, or it just arrived since today (Sunday) was snowing. Time to escape to a Cafe. I find cafes very boring for drawing. So in order to make it interesting I tried the fish eye perspective again. This is my friend Alejandro by the way, We often meet to draw together. His drawing today was very good, the markers and his drawing style work well together.