I had a lot of fun today at the Feb meeting of Urban Sketchers Sydney. We meet at Town Hall and most people sketched the views (or buildings) from Sydney square- in between St Andrews Cathedral and Sydney Town Hall.
I have been wanting to experiment a little with colour combination for Sydney sandstone…and today I started that journey. So many of the buildings that I want to sketch are sandstone and I want to get away from relying on old formulas of Raw Sienna, Burnt Umber and French Ultramarine ( well in my case this is Monte Amiata Natural Sienna and Steel’s Grey) or a more yellow – purple colour scheme.
This first one is a view of St Andrews Cathedral using natural Sienna and Van Dyke Brown… I was thinking of only using those two colours… but I couldn’t resist adding a third…
A blue door on the side of St Andrews … can’t really tell from the scan but I added a little yellow to my natural sienna mix….
Finishing the sandstone trio… this is the Justice and Police museum that I sketched on my walk back to the car (after being in the Rocks for a few hours…and please take note, without visiting the Tea Cosy tearoom!)…using a bit of a lot of colours in this one.
And just because I am aware that I rarely sketch modern buildings… I felt an urge to sketch a brutalist beauty – St Andrews House. And well, it was the perfect opportunity for me to go wild and mix up paint and drawing with my sailor pen.
BTW: I am really loving the De Atramentis Archive ink that I got last week from Larry Post… it is flowing SO much better than noodlers.
BTW2: I am really really loving using an A4 watercolour Moleskine now whenever I go out for a sketching day. It is a big change to have 2 sketchbooks going… but I just love the space and the sense of freedom I have working in this size sketchbook
BTW3: doing A4 vertical sketches today leads to lovely big images on my blog, doesn’t it!
These are inspiring. Did you paint first or do the ink first?
thank you Tascarini… yes, these have been paint first then ink, then more paint… mixing it up from my usual has been liberating!
thank you Hani Hani! Glad that post about the teacup was useful…
this is the book that I am using
I love your style.You write about the sketchbook. I would like to order. Is it 150g one?
June17,2013 you posted about how to draw a cup. That is really useful as well.
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