As the sun was shining today I thought it a good idea to get some practice in with some outdoor sketching.
Magnolia on Station Road
Mixed media: Coloured pencils, watercolours, gouache and ink.
I started adding colour in coloured pencils but I found out very quickly that they are a slow process compared to my brushes and watercolours. I loved using them but I am not sure they are the right medium for me to use on a sketchcrawl where speed is required. I also had to finish this at home as I needed a touch of gouache to bring out the magnolia’s colours more. The paper held up beautifully considering this is a cheapy sketchbook with thin paper. The cover is faux suede and very tactile which I could not resist. The paper is adequate enough for my purposes with this but I would not dream of using it for selling purposes. I have no idea what the longevity is. I suppose time will tell.
Mixed media: coloured pencils and ink.
This was the image I decided to christen my new urban sketchbook with yesterday. Taken from a photo and a scene that no longer exists as the pink house has been pulled down and re-built. This is where I used to take my son to feed the ducks when he was little. It is also the path I will take to walk to the station when I go to London for the sketchcrawl in a couple of week’s time.