There is a massive metal utility pole in front of this shrine, literally a couple of feet in front of it, which I’ve removed from the sketch – I was thinking of including it but in the end decided against it.
I used this sketch as an opportunity to try out my Derwent waterbrushes, which I’ve had for a while but haven’t really used them. This is my second sketch using those brushes – I feel I still have some way to go before I feel entirely comfortable with them. Various things went wrong while painting this, the intended result was different to what it is but in spite of my clumsiness I think it still came out sort of okay. Maybe I’ll redo this at some point.
Below the watercolour sketch is an earlier ink sketch I made of the shrine with my micron pens.
Decided, as an exercise, to render the Buddhist monk statue from Motsu-ji in watercolour, pen and wash style. The statue was partially sheltered from the bright sunlight by trees that provided some dappling.