16 Jan 2016

Urban sketching

Days out give me the chance to do lots of sketching.  At this time of year that often means sitting in the car, but I'm not complaining.  Sat with my sketchbook, pens, paints and a cup of coffee to drink is my idea of bliss (you probably guessed that from my previous post)!

Here I've done a quick sketch whilst we stopped at a retail park (yes more shopping).


There's a bit of a lesson in this sketch.  The various areas > hills > houses > cars are tending to all be Separate  -  whereas the overall drawing would look better if the areas merged a bit.  So I addressed this issue by adding watercolour to the evergreen tree - it know brings together the hills in the background plus the car below it.  I felt this was enough, sometimes overworking can spoil a piece...it's good to have spaces too.

It only needed a little subtle change to bring the drawing together.

(I'm going to add this post to www.usefulpaintingtips.blogspot.co.uk)




10 comments:

  1. I am intrigued with your lessons. I do not have an artistic bone in my body and have never been tempted to take an art class. However I love art and wish I could take a class from you.

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    1. Ahh, there's the thing Marie, it's the 'Wanting' to draw that is the key...and it sounds like you would like to give it a try. I tell you, once you start you wouldn't want to stop.

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  2. Sounds ideal, day out, sitting in the comfort of your car, cup of coffee and doing what you love to do :)

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  3. Thanks for the tip, I am venturing into watercolour, good to know not to overdo things.

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    1. Glad to have past on a tip for you Christine. All these little things that help. Some people say that watercolours are difficult, but they are no more so than any medium, it's a case of practice and playing with them.

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  4. Nice tip! I will remember that. I've only ever drawn in the car while the car is moving - on a Boogie Board. I really enjoyed doing it and then I would take a photo of it and paint it in later. Boogie Boards are these cool tablet things much like an etch a sketch that you can press a button (instead of shake it) and the drawing disappears. I think its' cool you sketch, have your coffee and enjoy yourself while in the car.

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    1. I've never heard of Boogie boards, must look them up, thanks sandy :-)

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