This article contains all of my sketchbook pages from the past two weeks (with the exception of sketches from two outings that I will share on Friday).
There is no watercolour paint on these pages – simply ink and coloured pencils! As mentioned in Monday’s article I’m not really missing watercolour although I will be very happy to paint again once I’ve finished this 8×10″ softcover Alpha (the estimated time of completion is the end of next week).
Before sharing my pages here are a few thoughts I have at the moment regarding coloured pencils vs watercolour:
- I’m loving the beautiful vibrant colours of coloured pencils and especially the creamy opaqueness of pastel colours.
- I love the way you can layer multiple colours and not end up with mud!
- Pencils are generally easier to use on location – no setup time and it’s really convenient to simply pull out a few pencils and start adding colour immediately.
- The downsides are that it’s harder to find the colour I want (especially when the pencil is getting short) and there is a limit to how many pencils I can hold in my hand at the same time! 🙂
- It’s nice to have a break from worrying about water containers and whether the water in them is clean.
- When someone stops to chat with me, I don’t have to worry about ruining a wash or losing an important moment for working wet-in-wet.
- I’m finding that I don’t always finish my sketches on location. Since it’s easy to continue working on a piece at a later date, I’m stopping earlier than normally I would with paint.
- I am missing watercolour granulation and particularly my usual glowing shadow washes when I drop a little warm paint into a grey wash. I haven’t yet found a coloured pencil combo that I’m happy with.
- As mentioned in previous articles (here and here) coloured pencils seem best suited for complex scenes with lots of different colours or subject matter with texture and/or pattern.
- I love having zero buckling in my book!
- I’m really looking forward to combining coloured pencils and watercolour in the one sketch once my self-imposed restriction for this particular sketchbook is over!
As well as exploring different ways of using coloured pencils, I’ve also been intentionally incorporating various elements in my pages as part of Lesson 1 of Sketchbook Design which I’m revisiting at the moment. So you will see headings, borders, colour blocks, maps, charts and a little collage on these pages!
So they all are…
A coloured pencil version of the green entrance door to St Albans church, a pile of erasers and a new box of Aquarius watercolours. It was a little silly to do this in coloured pencils… and just for the record I haven’t opened it yet! (How out of character is that?)
Two sketches that were not particularly successful. Trying to do a teacup sketch in coloured pencils with similar techniques that I use in watercolour – they don’t work! And a quick and interrupted sketch at Central Station. I had a lovely chat with Maria, an art teacher, so I didn’t mind the interruptions at all. I could have worked on both of these sketches a little more, but decided to leave them as they were.
It’s always great to put together a lot of pages in one article and to get a sense of how they work together as a sequence.
If you are working through Sketchbook Design at the moment, I hope that you enjoyed adding elements to your pages. And would love to hear some feedback from you in the comment section before.
Two weeks of ‘contained compositions’ coming up will be a good challenge for me!