Watercolour and gouache in the “Ice” sketchbook.
Watercolour and ink in the “Ice” sketchbook.
This one done again with the Pentel brush pen of a house on King Street in Bristol. Using a different sketchbook, slightly larger than the tiny Moleskine, by Seawhite.
Well I sort of cheated on sketch 5 because I got the idea from a watercolour book I’m reading, so I can’t claim complete originality. However, the sketch here is mine and actually took the full hour and a few little bits on top as well. A difficult sketch and a good one to learn from so I’m glad I did it.
Everything here looked muddy and flat until I added the shadow below with the Payne’s grey and indigo blue which suddenly made the colour of the potatoes “pop” and gave them 3D life. Lessons learned: could have used less glaze in the middle of the potatoes to give them more of a “shine” and I could have made the potato on the right a more interesting shape.
This sketch is of a metal night light. Again, a one hour sketch.
Lessons learned: work faster! It doesn’t matter if the shape is perfectly correct, its the colours and the effects that we are after, not a perfect representation. Maybe keep the “shiny” parts freer of pencil and watercolour glaze to make it look shinier.
This one was a 1 hour sketch – I’m trying to limit the time I spend on these sketches so that they are quick to do and also so I don’t “overdo” them. I want them to be as free and fun as possible!
Lessons learned from this sketch: I couldn’t get the colour of the stone right, but that doesn’t matter here. Used a lot of salt on the sketch to try and get some texture in the stone, and it sort of worked in places.
I’ve decided to _try_ to post a sketch every day, and so far this year I’ve managed it fairly well. Ive been posting them to Instagram and Facebook, but it probably takes more sense to post them here and then share them to Instagram etc.
I will post them here again so they are at least on the blog! So here above is Sketch 1 – a watercolour sketch (of some watercolour…geddit?)