It’s so good to be going through Watercolour On Location again and to be doing the 6-day thumbnail challenge. 3 days of drawing thumbnails recording the main edges in a scene and 3 days of ‘painting’ thumbnails (just recording the shadow shapes). I’m mixing it up and alternating between the two types of thumbnails.
On Day 2 I decided to do some shadow shape thumbnails and as there isn’t a lot of sun around I did these from photos. So much fun to do these and that Blue-Violet GoldFaber Aqua Marker strikes again! These thumbnails are critical training for creating lively sketches of complex scenes with good values!
On Day 1 of the challenge, I decided to do a few thumbnails during my visit to Lane Cove National Park. I have a long history of doing thumbnails (thanks to my architectural background) but for some reason, I was struggling when I started to draw small enough. The first two attempts where bigger than I intended them to be 🙂
I normally prefer to draw the scene first and then add the surrounding box, but here it was working better for me to start with the frame. I also added red pencil over the lines that I considered the main edges and in doing so, started thinking about composition. This is what we will be looking at in a few days’ time when we start Lesson 1.
Thumbnails don’t need to be pretty – their purpose is to help you work out the main elements of your subject and what you are going to sketch. There is also a danger of putting too much detail into them so that they become a min-sketch. So working small (credit-card size) is the best way to limit the information you put into them.
More thumbnails to come in the following weeks!