Drawing & Sketching

Simple Sketches

Trying to improve my drawing skills is an ongoing project of mine. The theory is that the better my basic drawing skills are, ultimately the better my watercolour painting will be. Everything has shape/form, perspective, light/shade etc. and being able to capture that reasonably accurately on paper (with any medium) is going be of enormous help to me.

So here’s a couple of simple pencil sketches done whilst watching TV in the evenings…

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Bellerina
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Dancing

With these sketches I simply tried to capture the basic shape and form. I wasn’t concerned with huge amounts of detail but just enough to recognize what it is. I find getting the proportions (the size of one thing in relation to another) right is a challenge but very important for me to learn.

I did these sketches with a Derwent Precision mechanical pencil, 0.7 mm. It’s not expensive. And I had my trusty putty rubber handy too… !

Drawing is something I can do anywhere, any time. I keep a small, thin sketchbook in my handbag. But most of all… I like drawing – it’s fun…

Drawing & Sketching

Doors and Windows

I’ve spent a little time sketching some doors and windows today. Any time spent drawing/sketching is time well spent, whatever the outcome. Architecture interests me – I like doors, windows, old buildings, Mediterranean style buildings and unusual shaped architectural features. Here’s today’s sketching efforts…

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A Mediterranean Door

My first sketching effort, above, is a Mediterranean door. I liked the little narrow window and the old  cracked stonework underneath. The heavy wooden door was set into the wall with a couple of very worn steps leading up to it. It’s a building that has character. I deliberately didn’t sketch every last detail – I just concentrated on drawing just enough to tell the story…

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A Mediterranean Window

The Mediterranean window above caught my eye. I liked how the shutters were just slightly open and I liked the nearby lamp on the wall. Drawing the angle of the shutters correctly was a bit tricky. I have to keep telling myself “just draw what you see” and not what you think you see…

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A Quirky Cornish Door

I liked the unusual shape of this Cornish door – the sloping angle of the lintel and door. It  was very quirky and had lots of character…

I like drawing. As I’ve already said, drawing every last detail isn’t important to me – I just want to concentrate on drawing just enough detail to tell the story. I’m trying to get the shapes, angles right and perspective right. These were all drawn with pencils from a WHSmith sketching pencils set – nothing fancy. They all measure about 15 cm x 20 cm.

What I also need to do now is translate these pencil sketches into watercolour sketches…

Watercolour

Cornish Roof Top Sketches

When I visited my sister in Cornwall a few weeks ago I spent a little time doing some sketching outside the front of her house. As the house is quite high up on a hill you get a nice view of the Cornish roof tops. So I decided to sketch a few.

Cornish Rooftops Pencil Sketches - NB

I used a HB pencil on A4 sketchbook paper. This was good practice for me – I need lots of practice at drawing! Reasonably happy with my basic sketches I started to think about painting them….

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My sketches were going to be painted with watercolours but first I needed to decide on what colours to use. After doing several tests on some spare paper, the colours above are what I chose to use. Cornish roof tops are predominantly grey with lots of yellow lichen growing on them. The chimney pots are lovely – very old fashioned terracotta pots in lots of lovely different shapes and styles…

Cornish Rooftop Painted 1a - NB

You can click on the images to see larger views. I did make a classic beginners mistake when painting these – I diluted my paint slightly too much. Hence the colours aren’t quite as strong as I would like. But I’ll put that down to experience and try to improve on that in the future! On the whole though, I like how my Cornish roof tops turned out. Here’s some closer views…

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Cornish Rooftop Painted 3 - NB

Lots more sketching is on the agenda in the future to hopefully improve my drawing and painting skills…..

Sketchbooks · Watercolour

Sea Shell Sketches

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Seashell sketches ~ drawn with a HB pencil and painted with watercolours. I drew rough pencil outlines and filled in with watercolours.

These are the very first sketches I’ve done since I was in Secondary School, which was the better part of 40 years ago – I’m VERY out of practice! For my first attempts, I’m reasonably pleased with them.

My goal this year is to draw and sketch more and paint them with watercolours. At school I used to be reasonably good at drawing – but sadly the teaching and motivation I got from the art (and needlework) teacher was virtually nonexistent…!

I was inspired to do these by Anna Warren – her sketches in her blog posts Sketching in Tasmania and Freycinet – from the sketchbook are just lovely. Do have a look…

(NB – week 2 of the Surface Treatment Workshop will be next Wednesday instead of today – life got in the way…. as it does… !)