I did these four sketches of Castle Howard in the last few days, each using a different approach. I am interested in hearing from you, which you prefer and why!
I am still too close to the process of doing these to make a judgement on the finished product but I certainly know which sketch I enjoyed doing the most. I wonder if you can guess which one that is!
You will also note that the proportions vary from sketch to sketch. I wasn’t really trying to achieve accuracy in this regard but version B is the closest!
These sketches are obviously done from photos as I don’t happen to be in Yorkshire at the moment – sadly! I was using my own photos as reference and have sketched this building before on location. I have promised a few people that I will write a blog post about my thoughts on sketching from photos, so I won’t go into it now, but needless to say, it makes a big difference to sketch from your own photos and from something that you have sketched before.
Anyway, back to my work this week…. here they are on their own with a few comments:
A. First version was done late at night as relaxation and a way to wind down after a busy day – yes I know I am a little crazy! The emphasis was the facade and so I was struggling to fit the dome in. I went for drama with my darks and was working very loose.
B. An attempt at a ‘neat’ sketch which was worked on progressively during the day. I knew the building quite well by this stage, so it was easier to achieve accurate proportions and allow adequate room for the dome! Purple shadows to vary the colour a little.
C. A multiple ink version that started with the central section of the facade. Mixing up coloured lines and paint and making it up as I was going along. The facade stretched in width as I was working – but not at all fussed by that. Note. the turquoise explosions are from drawing into wet patches with my De A Cyan ink!
D. Watercolour pencil and watercolour paint – the full sketch was completed in under 15 minutes. This fact alone makes this a compelling version – but I am not saying it is my favourite – you have to guess that!
So two questions:
Which do you prefer and why?
Which do you think is my favourite(at this stage) and why?
(And just for the record I have a theory as to which I expect will be your favourite… will be interesting to see if I am correct!)