Materials: My watercolours, a tiny bit of white gouache and my ink drawing.
Thoughts: I was very anxious starting this as it’s the first time ever that i’ve used watercolours and i really liked my ink drawing and didn’t want to mess it up. I know i totally used the wrong paper for this and the washes and a few other bits just fucked up because of that. But, regardless, it was good to make a start with my paints.
Learned: I’m not sure what i learned in regards to mixing colours, but i did enjoy playing with them and seeing the colours change as i added new colours to the mix. Certainly some colours leave a bit to be desired, but i’m sure these things will improve in time as i play more with the paints. It was also quite difficult to judge the amount of water in the mix in regards to how light or dark the colour will be on the paper — but again, i’m sure these things will improve with practice.
I definitely learned not to use this sketch book for anything i intend to paint with watercolour. I bought a Stillman and Birn Zeta for future painting projects as i do like the smooth paper to draw and paint on so i’m just going to explore that for a while.
Soooo: I’m quite pleased with how it turned out for my first attempt at this kind of thing, especially the painting with watercolour thing.
Next: After this i feel a lot more confident having another go, so next i’m going to draw a picture in my nice, new, Stillman and Birn sketchbook and see how that behaves when i paint it. Fingers crossed it’ll be much better.
Materials: Handbook Drawing Journal 8.25×5.5in and a Uni Ball 0.1mm Pin.
Thoughts: While wandering through Teoh Yi Chie’s channel on Youtube i found “Sketching the Waag at Nieuwmarkt square (timelapse tutorial)”.
I really liked the look of the building and had a look at Teoh’s reference photo. It was quite a small photo and the building was obscured by a fruit & veg market and lots and lots of cars and vans, so i went off to Wikipedia and found this one.
Learned: Find a picture of the subject that i really like and with tons of pixels to exploit: 3872 x 2592. Don’t worry if you make a mistake, which i did several times for any amateur art critics out there who want to practice being picky as fuck while i practice my urban sketching. While i quite enjoyed drawing with the Uni Ball Pin, i don’t think the 0.1mm is 0.1mm, it’s not even close: i can get finer lines with my 0.5mm Rotring Tikky pencil.
Soooo: I do need to pay a bit more attention to what i’m doing as i did make some silly mistakes, but for a first go at sketching a building i’m rather happy with it. I also need to find a better pen for the really fine stuff. This pen will write quite fine but you have to be really delicate with it to do so, as soon as you allow any pressure at all it starts to get quite thick.
Next: I have to do a nice mixing chart with my paints, which should give me a little more practice with them. And then i get to cover my nice picture of De Waag in lots of pretty colours and you’ll all get to see how it turns out.
I’ll be back soon, so don’t go away. Well, alright then, you can go away, but make sure you come back soon and i’ll see you here.