Its important to me that I endeavour to capture outdoor holiday moments in my visual diary. So right now I am experimenting with tiny watercolour studies with mixed results…and that’s okay.
- Make a few notans of your photo image to start with, it allows you to really see your large shapes, direction of movement and point of interest
- It’s important to lightly sketch large shapes and placement of key subjects as accurately as possible
- Apply masking fluid carefully to those areas you wish to leave white and work on later
- Maintain those precious lights and whites of the paper
- Dont be afraid to make dark areas dark (don’t use black it deadens your work)
- Contrast is important
- Use a limited palette to start, I mainly used three watercolours plus white gouache:
- French Ultramarine
- Rose Madder
- Gamboge Yellow
I’m not a watercolourist but I do enjoy sketching with watercolour, gouache, pen and ink.