I thought it would be good to do a separate article recording my teacup sketching experiments with coloured pencils.
I’ve mentioned previously that there is no way I can translate the techniques I use for watercolour to pencils (CPs) when it comes to teacups.
I love working wet-on-wet with loose suggestive strokes when painting, but with CPs I’m ending up being more descriptive with the details. I have no desire to do painstakingly accurate details so even though these cups are much neater than my usual work they are still far from perfect!
I’m not sure how to handle the large areas – such as the tea shape and big shadow areas (particularly on a plainer cup).
And these teacup sketches are taking longer to complete than my watercolour version. To prove this…this is as far as I got while drinking my tea last night. It’s completely out of character not to finish a teacup sketch in one sitting and before I’ve finished drinking the 2-3 cups that I get out of one teapot’s worth of tea.
Here are the rest of my teacup sketches in the last few weeks.
Those of you who receive my monthly newsletter will have read last night that I’m about to go on a two-week sketching trip.
As I’ve only got two different locations and the weather forecast includes a fair bit of rain I’m thinking about taking one or two teacups with me. But how could I possibly decide on which ones???