Sketch-It

Plein-air pen and wash on paper

Winter Activities.

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The weather at this time of the year makes it difficult for outdoor sketching. It is an opportunity to work inside and to explore or brush-up on essential techniques or methods from a watercolor book or get new ideas from a video, or to take on a project and make a picture at the request of someone.

I have several of these on the go for all of the above. The most interesting one that keeps me curremtly busy is to make a watercolor picture of this teal colored building (again) on a half sheet of paper (about 15″x22″, way out of my comfort zone).

The Teal Building on the Corner

The Teal Building on the Corner, first edition on a quarter sheet.

Instead of wasting a lot of expensive paper all at once,  I start out on a quarter sheet, using both sides of it. I select different views of this building from a variety of photographs that have been cropped. I used to print these in black&white and draw a grid over it to transfer the image, however, there are “aps” available that will overlay a grid on your photograph using your laptop or tablet. This will allow you to transfer the image directly from a digital medium to your paper, including the necessary editing in the process.

This time I used a pencil and a ruler to make the drawing carefully and more precisely instead of freehand sketching directly in ink, as is my habit when working outside. After applying the watercolors, I used a dip pen with a brown ink to add some lines; could not resist.

The perspective of the roofline looks too strong. Camera lenses are made to perform many tasks simultaneously, sometimes resulting in minor distortions. I need to adjust this somewhat in the next edition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Author: John Hofman

my email is jhofman@telus.net Website: johnhofman.wordpress.com

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