Watercolour Pencils: Water

June 12, 2009 | Leave your thoughts

More from Kate Johnson’s class on watercolour pencils. These exercises are all about water…

Doing a bit of research on how to draw waves and water…from Jack Hamm’s Book Drawing Scenery: Landscapes and Seascapes. (I have just decided that I better start a tag for Jack Hamm!)

It is amazing how much you learn when you copy from a book – it sinks in so much more when you draw it rather than just reading it.

3 pages of my A5 daler rowney cartridge sketchbook

Not happy with this at all – both before I added the ink lines and afterwards. The water was a bit too hard for me – I find it hard to leave white space in water…. but I have to post something and this page records a dramatic event in the news today!
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Not sure if this will make sense to others…ie. whether the colour is too strong to look like water.

Last summer I was house sitting and I took lots of photos of the reflections and patterns in the pool. It is amazing when you stop to look at photos how much colour there is in water!

Nice to sketch this during freezing cold weather in Sydney – this morning when I left for work it was 5C (41F) – that is really cold for us – rarely gets colder!

Really finding this week hard… both finding it hard to get some time and also done quite a number of sketches that I was not happy with. So thought I would try a simple picture and use my ink lines for moral support!

I did this very quickly and yes, I am staying in my comfort zone of ink lines…although I wanted to work without ink in this class, I am finding it hard when I am so pushed for time and the reality is that this is how I will work most of the time so it is relevant to develop my ink and WC pencil style.

I could probably do a little more work on this one…but decided to leave it in the raw loose state.

This is the first time I have attempted to do a night time sketch… This is really just a doodle…using watercolour crayons


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