Saturday, October 18, 2014

Paraty church

This turned out better than the original sketch done on location. I used the same modified approach from the previous post. I will give it another try though starting first with the shapes. There is another building in the foreground and I want to include it in the sketch because I think it would improve the sense of depth of the image.

Here, I started with big shapes of color and I could not add the white building after the fact. However, the building could be a different color also. To be investigated ....

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Nun's Island view

The weather was good Thanksgiving day so I went for a walk around the neighborhood. At some point, I had a nice view of the Nun's Island tip. I did a quick sketch directly with watercolor using Behzad's technique from his workshop in Paraty.

The difference was that i applied the washed to somewhat match the view as opposed to randomly putting color to the paper and then trying to work with the resulting shapes. Usually when I do this, I end up with animals or faces and rarely with landscapes or still lives.

A previous attempt resulted in a terrible sketch. I wanted to darken the colors and I used an approach suited for acrylic paintings where I glazed many times with darker colors. Except that with watercolor this is not a good idea because the transparency of the colors was gone and all I had was mud.

In this sketch I tried to keep in mind the "tea, milk and honey" idea - only 3 passes of color. In the end it becomes a juggling act so that the first layer is not too light and not too dark either to allow for subsequent development of shapes.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Santa Teresa street lamps

I am going through the pictures I took in Brazil. Very, very slow process. And I am also trying to sketch them as i go trying to reconstitute the lost sketchbooks.

I spent the last day in Rio in the Santa Teresa neighborhood - I might have mentioned that in a previous post. Around lunch time, a few of us stopped at a small corner coffee shop/neighborhood store for a coffee and a soft drink. Some of us decided to sketch the street lamps. Here is my second version of the lamps:

 I glued an used coffee filter at the bottom of the page to cover up a botched up sketch of a car.

I do like this second sketch, if I say so myself ...

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

How to make porridge and Brazilian coffee

The first assignments in Sketchbook Skool storytelling semester was to illustrate a recipe and a how-to manual. Easier said than done.

How to make porridge:

and Brazilian  coffee:

 It was a good exercise in simplification, something that I should do more often. And it could be a good beginning for a story indeed.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Les journées de la culture

This past weekend there were "Les journée de la culture" and I participated in an activity with Huguette Bernais. It was fun and I came out with this abstract landscape:

 I thought about adding some ink lines, but I am holding onto that for now. Maybe there will be another incarnation of this. I think I'd like to mount it on canvass or wood eventually. To be continued...

Monday, September 29, 2014

Out and about

This past weekend was without doubt the Indian summer - weather worth of the month of July. I took advantage and went for a walk on the Canal and on the Plateau. I did not remake the Altoid palette, so I used watercolor crayons to add some color. I must say that I like the effect and I am planning to use them more often. I also bought some Inktense pencils and I will be using those more often also.

I wanted to practice continuous contour drawing. The topic came up few times in Paraty. I was also reminded of it in a watercolor book I have. This is something that I tried sporadically in the past and it is definitely harder than it sounds.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Wide lens

First attempt at a landscape view on a spread - view from Santa Teresa with the Sugarloaf in the back, laguna Freitas.