But it did make me think of a question I get asked a lot when I’m teaching: If I don’t have time to add colour on location, should I add it later?
So I decided to ask my Instagram audience what I should do in this instance. The response was 60% add colour 40% leave it alone.
My normal response is to leave it as an ink sketch, as it’s a true record of what was got done at the time. Also it’s hard to add colour accurately from a photo – both in terms of the colour itself, but also the energy of your mark making will be different. This is why there is a high risk of ‘ruining’ a sketch when you add colour later, and why I’m a big advocate for painting on site.
But as this drawing had developed from a quick 5 minute sketch, into a story about engaging with my Instagram friends, I decided to add colour. And to film it at the same time!
Here are a few screen shots of my loose quick painting.
I completed it in 5 minutes and tried to match the energy of the original drawing.
Do you struggle with this question?
Do you think I ruined my sketch by adding paint?