Ah! finally I have a bit of clear space to get back to my Foundations Friday series – revisiting the lessons from my SketchingNow Foundations online course. The great benefit of a online course is that you can work through it at your own pace, but the danger is that life gets in the way and you never finish viewing the content, let alone getting around to doing the exercises. Life has indeed gotten in the way for me in the last month or so, BUT I am now back on track.
This week I am looking at Balancing Line and Colour which is a topic that I am really interested in. In fact this Foundations Lesson was the inspiration for my second course SketchingNow Edges where I looked at some of the key issues in a lot more detail. There is still plenty of stuff in this Foundations lesson though!
All I wanted to do this week was to explore some ideas while sketching two versions of the counter at my local cafe. I didn’t want to do a ‘proper sketch’ but instead just wanted to do two small studies. There is an interesting texture caused by light hitting the stonework.
I was particularly interested in two concepts – the time required for each technique and how dominate the texture was in the finished sketch. Both are in the context of fast sketches – of course – and not careful realistic renderings!
The first option was to draw everything in ink first. At the time I thought it was tedious drawing all those lines and was thinking that I might run out of time for the paint. But when I got my paint out, I only needed a few loose washes and brushstrokes and the sketch was done!
The second sketch had only minimal lines – here is a photo of it before I started painting so you can see how few lines I drew!
Although I started painting much sooner than in the first version, the painting component took a lot longer because I had to layer my paint and wait for the first wash to dry so that I could achieve some crisp edges with the darker strokes.
There are quite a few more issues that were raised by doing this little exercise – such as making a decision about how important the texture is to the overall composition and if I had drawn a more interesting scene, like my photo with my coffee mug in the foreground, I am sure that I would that have changed my approach to the texture.
Ah! always so many ideas to explore whenever you start sketching! So much more than just achieving accuracy – though that is important!
These additional considerations (how to decide what you should do in ink and what in colour) are what I explore in SketchingNow Edges and I can tell you now that I will be very shortly starting a new blog series called ‘Exploring Edges’….so stay tuned for that!
I would love to hear from you… which or the two approaches would you use? Or would it be somewhere in between?