Hello all, here is a wee project for your Saturday afternoon – have a go painting with colour only.
This is mine of Edinburgh Castle from this morning, using a water brush and travel set of watercolours I started with a light shade, drawing in the top edge of the castle where it hits the sky. Like a faint silhouette.
Mark in the darker parts of the image adding a little more paint to your brush and let it dry for a couple of minutes before layering another shade on top, filling the darker areas.
Keep layering with different shades until your picture appears out of the mist!
It takes some concentration and keep checking your angles in relation to what you have already drawn, but this process really makes you notice the tonal differences and shapes in terms of colour.
Last week I was out at the Gyle shopping centre for a meeting and noticed this avenue of colour which separates the shops from the offices.
In the centre is a small sculpture which I thought to be in the form of a plant but thanks to Canmore online I found our it is called ‘Stacked Spades’ which I rather like. I couldn’t find out who made it though so please let me know if you can.
There are a number of sculptures throughout the 90’s development, and with the added colours from this beech hedge make for some beautiful views in an unexpected location.
Bright autumnal colours in this sketch of pumpkins growing in a field, you know they’re ready to pick when they open their eyes!
I love this time of year, so much colour everywhere, including in my kitchen at the weekend as we carved a couple of pumpkins, which are already collapsing and morphing their cutout images into unrecognisable shapes.
I’m trying to capture that colour with my new Spectrum Noir blending markers, I need some practice but am finding the shading abilities of these pens great fun. I have in the past shied away from markers as I thought they were unblendable and too bold but the subtle shades and vibrancy I achieved with the pumpkin picture has made me think again.
Below you can see the blend achieved on the side of the drawing, plus the pen numbers I used. The line drawing was done with a Spectrum Noir Fineliner 0.8mm. Pens can be bought in colour ranges and in small or large packs to suit your budget, have a look at the links below for more information and where to buy them.
A quick sketch from Edinburgh’s city centre green space with added digital colour.
I had a lovely if chilly walk through the Meadows park today on the South side of Edinburgh. Long tree lined walkways criss cross the city centre green space. It’s a great place to idly wander in the peace and quiet.
Just remember to stick to the pedestrian side of the main North/South thoroughfare through the park, a near collision from one of the cyclists on the other side soon woke me from my daydream!!
Today I added colour to this tree, which stands tall in Queen’s Park, Edinburgh and has such a beautiful shape to it.
Yesterday I posted the black and white pen drawing and today this is the colour version. I scanned in the mono sketch and added the colour digitally on the laptop. I love the strong colours you can get this way and the layers you can build up, and take away.
The pen drawing got a be response on line, the simple line drawing appeals, and I think it worked against the autumn leaves which I photographed it on. You can see that photo below.
In the world of sketching ‘time equals colour’. This cup of tea sketch I did this morning definitely benefits from a little watercolour wash, and thanks to that little bit of extra time thats exactly what it got. HERE is the original black and white version – what do you think?
Today I sketched with a thicker pen, a marker almost. I thought it would make the result looser, more energetic and also force me into more confident strokes.
I like the effect, I imagine with a crowded street scene it would capture the movement and vibrancy, ideal for the festival in Edinburgh. Also it was much quicker, perfect for when time is precious (when isn’t it 🙂
The scene is Carlton Terrace, as the street curves around into Regent Terrace and towards Carlton Hill and Princes Street beyond.
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