I worked hard on this drawing. I had just retired, I had little else to do around the house (being settled after the move out west). I had been practicing shading with my micro-tip ink pen. This drawing looks pretty good altogether and, instead of being an art piece for me, it serves the purpose […]
I unearthed some more sketchbooks during the course of our latest move. The picture below came from a notebook I started shortly after moving to California. I was just starting to use watercolor (as you can probably tell). The colors are vivid and unmixed, as if I were just coloring in between the outlines.
The shadow is the first element I notice in this sketch. The wood grain lies underneath, yet is not confused with shading of the dark area. The flower pots are the most incomplete component of this piece, not completely defined with pen and ink.
Reflections in the water, plus distortions in the clear plastic bottle were the challenges in this drawing exercise.
There’s got to be a better way to depict reflections on a shiny car hood. I get a better sense of the reflected branches on the windshield than the hood. Not sure why that is.