Tine Klein’s motto is ‘La dolce vita’ – life consists of beautiful moments which one steals – so for her the art materials that she chooses to use need to be spontaneous and quick to use.
The artist Tine Klein is the author of the well-known sketchbook site: Atelier Heart of Art / Sketchbook: Art from the pocket. She was born in Dortmund, Germany and lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland. She has a degree in Interior Design and studied art at many places including Atelier Leif Skoglöf. Tine is a member of the Urban Sketchers, has exhibited in numerous exhibitions, taught workshops and she travels often for her own artistic development.
Tine Klein Uses Aero Color for Drawing on the Go
Before Tine Klein tried Schmincke Aero Color Professional Inks she thought that it was just an airbrush colour and at first she used only it to add spots of extra colour to her paintings. She explains: “In the beginning, I used Aero Color Professional Inks just to pimp my watercolour paintings with vibrant pigments, but then the colour strength convinced me completely. Acrylic colours have some practical painting opportunities and so I’ve tried them out. I love the luminosity and intensity of these finest-fluid Aero Color acrylics.” Tine loves painting outside on the go, and has learned from her experiences that the best thing is to simplify your sketching materials. She says “The trick is easy, uncomplicated material, I limit myself to seven colours.”
The materials that Tine uses for the sketch she shows here:
• She chose transparent Schmincke Aero Color Professional Ink colours as she likes their beautiful shine: Scarlet, Gold Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Indian Yellow, Cobalt Blue, Primary Cyan, Neutral Grey
• Hahnemühle sketchbook with watercolour paper or sketchbook with mixed media paper
• Size 12 da Vinci travel brush
• Pen with water-resistant ink (Sakura Micron would be a good choice for this)
• A piece of white paper to use as a palette for mixing the colours on
Tip No. 1: Keep it simple!
The sketch consists of basic forms which offers space for further development. She makes a quick sketch with a water-resistant pen. The content depends on who or what comes along and the sketch remains loose and open. Before starting, she puts a drop of each main colour onto the paper, which she uses as a mixing palette. She prepares some mixtures ahead of time before she gets started. She likes mixing on the paper because she can see the colours more correctly.
Tip No. 2: Do not colour all details painstakingly.
You will feel more relaxed with a looser approach. Tine says: “Moreover, shabby style belongs to the southern charm! Therefore, I am not afraid of failing.” She starts with the yellow-red colours. At first, she put some Scarlet onto the tower. And adds some Indian yellow. “This looks a bit dazzling, but don’t panic, this is important to get a centre in your painting.” She then quickly adds different red mixtures onto the remaining buildings. The scarlet colour, for example, will be darkened with a small amount of Burnt Sienna. She paints in a loose manner, letting the colour have its own way. You will learn from the different effects how the colours react in different ways. “The wet colours can mix spontaneously and the effects are amazing.”
Tip No. 3: Separate the colours!
For the most brilliant effect of the Aero Color inks she starts the painting with the red and yellow colours. Tine says she then has a cup of coffee while these first colours dry. She doesn’t add the green and blue shades until the red and yellow inks have dried. She say “This is my license for extremely brilliant colours! Here you can see clearly the effect of separated colours – an enormous luminosity and brilliance of Aero Color. The drying time in between is essential. At this point, my working time was only a few minutes, the biggest work is doneby the brilliant colour which now forms great effects while drying and bleeding.”
Tip No 4: Work quickly!
With these quick sketches, you can catch the great atmosphere of your journey in your sketch book. The advantage of these simple drawings, which put the colours into the foreground, is that they are quickly finished. This is very important because moaning non-painting partners and/or children and a lack of time are the main reasons why sketching during the holiday fails. The last step is painting details. Tine says “I don’t start painting smaller details until the end. If I have time I love to integrate the daily life of my foreign surroundings into my sketches. So this is when I use the water-resistant pen again and add some loose and sketchy details and lines which gives structure to the painting.”
Tip No. 5: Don’t fear painting figures
Tine says “You can paint them like small carrots. Have a look, the main forms of a person are a triangle with a circle on the top – carrots with a head. The Aero Color is highly pigmented. For painting figures, I use only the half-dried rest of the Aero Color. This way I’m sure not to smudge the small figures and not to create unintended colour explosions in my nearly finished picture.”
“The transparent and highly pigmented colours do most of the work – they are perfectly suited for urban sketches! My eager fans while painting in southern countries are wild dogs. Thus, I love to integrate them in my paintings, too.” As she often works directly in the streets she needs to be able to carry everything with her easily. At these times she prefers to take the Schmincke Liner markers instead of carrying the Aero Color pipette bottles with her.
Here is the final sketch of Sitges!
Tip No. 6: for urban sketchers
The refillable Schmincke Liner marker pens are fantastic for Aero Color Professional Inks. The liners come with six different size tips and are ideal for sketching on the go! They can easily be re-filled with liquid colour and you can fill them with your favourite custom mixes of inks.
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