Woodland sketch #2

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Woodland #2, Stillman & Birn Beta sketchbook, 7″ x 7″

Second in what might be a series of woodland sketches. I rather like this style of sketching, partially rendering the scene using ink and then going in with watercolour.  It’s really a variation on the line and wash style where you spend a little more time on the ink rendering. The colour of the moss on the tree is a little off. I’m not too worried about that; I think the bigger problem is that the texture of the moss is not apparent. I think I also overworked the background; it looks quite fussy and messy.

 

Woodland sketch #1

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Woodland sketch #1, Stillman & Birn Beta sketchbook, 7″ x 7″

I pass through this area often, it’s part of my regular running route. I really want to become better at rendering landscapes. I have a particular problem with foliage; trees, grasses, shrubs and the general mess of vegetation that you find outdoors. I tried a different approach here which I think worked well as a sketch. Initial quick rendering with a pen, a Lamy Safari fountain pen I think. Over this, I applied simple washes, let them dry and then came back and added additional layers as needed to get the values I wanted.

Simple landscape…

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Simple landscape, 140lb Bee Paper, 6″ x 9″

Okay, so this is a very straightforward subject matter – a tree, a field and some clouds – kind of boring even. It’s based on a scene that I pass by fairly regularly. For me, it was more about the practise – as I haven’t been doing much of that lately and I do need to try and put the effort in – but it was also about trying to make the boring, a commonplace everyday sight, interesting. Now clearly, I didn’t succeed in that here but I don’t think it’s altogether bad – in fact I feel there’s the basis of something better here if I can get my technique to the point that I can execute it properly.  Not much more to say about it – the tree worked well, the distant clouds are okay. The foreground, however, doesn’t feel quite right, it’s a little messy, as if I hadn’t made up my mind what I wanted to do with it – which I hadn’t.

Inktober sketch #3

I felt my previous Inktober sketch was a bit on the flat side so decided to change that for this sketch. The forest theme remains the same as does the sub-theme of Pancake (my former Border Collie) and me walking through the forest. Overall I think this works much better and it took just a fraction of the time that the previous sketch took to complete.

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Inktober sketch #2

For my second Inktober sketch I wanted to make something more in the spirit of the season (Autumn) and so decided to make a sketch of myself and Pancake, my Border Collie (or rather my former Border Collie), out for a walk in the woods during Autumn.

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Didn’t turn out quite the way I envisioned so I’m a little disappointed in this one. An earlier trial sketch using just Pigma Micron fineliners I felt turned out better. I’m  not going to show that earlier version because I made several mistakes too many but I’m thinking I should redo it.

Below, is the top sketch at an earlier stage; I think I actually might prefer this.

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Mt. Haguro, Yamagata

This was meant as a throwaway exercise on cheap paper, trying out a technique of using masking fluid to reserve areas of the paper from paint application. It’s kind of scrappy, completely lacking any finesse but I feel it does nevertheless communicate; I like the sense of light and the vitality.

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Sketching Exercise: Another tree study

A few more tree studies – principally silhouettes. These are drawn from photos I took a few months ago in the local woodland. My interest here was, mainly depicting the structure of the trees but also using the different media, pencil vs Pentel brush pen vs Pigma Micron.

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Repeated the same exercise but using a Pentel brush pen – not really finished – but no inclination to take it further.

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