You may remember me describing last week how this drawing at Pleasant Hill was a struggle to make. I felt early on that it would never see the light of day as the composition was simply not coming together. But, in an effort not to give up too soon [something I'm tempted to do all too often these days], I forced myself to keep going and see what I could learn from completing it. Here's the notes I took as I drew. I think they'll help me in the future and hope you find them valuable as well.
Things I learned (or at least was reminded of) while completing this sketch:
- avoid drawing spaces/places without a lot of detail too large on the page: too much negative space leads to a boring viewpoint
- avoid trying to add watercolor to a big drawing with a teeny-tiny brush
- let your watercolor strokes follow the path of the material you're rendering: in this case, because the brick is horizontal, my strokes would look better that way too
- look for ways to 'frame in' drawings for added dimension (i.e. tree branches)
- balance green, green grass with bits of red: here I mixed red and green paint together for the shadowed areas
- scale figures are ALWAYS helpful...too bad I'm missing them here
- brick is not typically red: be suspicious of any paint, marker, or pencil labeled 'brick red'
- always have a paper towel handy for blotting up potential watercolor mistakes
- pick a direction of light, even if there isn't one : it will help convey three-dimensionality
- if all else fails, count on the lucky four-leaf-clover your godmother just picked up for you
Have questions about any of this? Please leave a comment and I'm happy to clarify.