Earlier this spring I enrolled in a class called: Sketching & Watercolor On Location Online Course. It's been a lot of fun, and I am hoping to learn a lot from my work. With luck, I will be able to receive advice, suggestions and ideas by positing my images here on my blog. If you have any thoughts, please leave me a message! I would appreciate feedback.
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The first thing I did for this class was simply to practice using the materials (the water soluble pen etc). I had some pens kicking around at home and did buy a few more for this class but wasn't sure how to use them with water.
There is a beautiful tree next to where my boyfriend works that hangs over the river/canal. I did not know what kind of tree it was, it was early April, and there were no buds on the branches, but I could have sworn it was some sort of willow. The branches drooped down in such a way, and the bark on the trunk was smooth, yet allowed for knots and bumps in the tree itself. It is fascinating to look at.
I began sketching it while waiting to pick him up, and got quite far along. Unfortunately, as fate would have it, he was ready to go before me, and I was stuck defining my many sketched lines with pen... away from the tree and from memory (it had been dusk, and my camera would not get the details clearly).
But then I added more color and more...and I think I went too far. Now, I really have no idea what to do with this one... I kind of like it..? But it is not what I had envisioned.
This is the water soluble pen, with some burnt umber watercolor to contrast it.
Lesson 1: Keys
I actually drew the double keys first. It took me several tries (it felt like forever) to get them to a point that I felt comfortable with their detail.
I am looking forward to your thoughts!