Today I sketched out a little city scene using one point perspective. I wasn’t really concentrating – more just in that quiet creative place where your doing what you love doing and not worrying about it. Anyway, I forgot to photograph my sketch so I’ve only got the inked line art and the finished picture to show you.
I inked this in my usual Staedtler liner pens. I knew I wanted to paint over it with watercolour and the Japanese brush pen I bought seems to have ink which runs when I paint over it.
Here’s the ink:
I had the most fun playing around with the people and the advertising sign. As a design I think it’s OK but it doesn’t seem to have any flare or joy or life to it – it’s a really flat boring image – more like a poorly drawn cartoon than a piece of artwork.
Anyway, next I tried to add colour to it using watercolour. It’s such a lovely medium and yet I find it SO hard to make it work well. With lots of practice I can produce something basically OK but I am not a natural. I find it tricky.
So here’s what I ended up with…
Rather than photograph the picture I scanned it in and lost some of the lighter coloured browns and greys on the paths and road.
I pretty pleased with the cyan coloured modern building – I had in mind a modern lab based in my hometown and my picture got close enough to that to remind me of it. The building I least like is the one on the top right – again it’s based on an old 60’s building which used to be in our town but was pulled down due to concrete cancer. I don’t think it was ever as ugly in real life as I’ve made it!
I also looked at what it might have been like if I’d coloured it in grey tones rather than full colour:
I think this greyscale version of it really shows up a massive weakness I have when I work in colour – a lack of tonal range. It desperately needs more darks. Just darkening the road sigificantly would really help I think.
Ho hum, time for bed now. My chest infection has come back and I’m on more antibiotics. I’m managing at work but I am really shattered now. Night night…