It’s often a struggle to get the drawing you see out of your head and onto the page. Several weeks ago I had one of those days. We drove out to the country looking for a sketching spot and found a promising site down by the river.
As I looked up from the river bank I could see one of my favourite local shearing sheds higher up the hill. This is built in corrugated iron which has developed a lovely patina over the years. Behind it was a hill and the whole scene was enclosed below that skyline.
Shearing shed, watercolour
I did make some quick pencil sketches before I started, but even so I struggled to get the proportions of the shed to the skyline accurately represented. I had taken along my watercolours to use for the first time in ages. I tried, but I had forgotten ‘in my hands’ how to use the paint. So I was unhappy with my result.
Then I had another thought, to work back over one of my original thumbnails with the pencils I also took along. There was no pressure to get it ‘right’ I allowed myself to play with non-realistic colour and the drawing flowed!
Colour pencil over the top of one of my original sketches
Using my Copic Multiliner pen, is certainly influencing my drawing style. With such a fine line I’m inclined to spend more time putting in detail, which in this drawing meant that I took far too long capturing the people and spent too much time working on the background. *Message to self – people first and background later.
Friday lunchtime, friends picnicing at Green Square, Kingston ACT, Copic marker, 5 December 2014.
There is another issue that I’ll also have to work on, the almost overwhelming urge to use cross-hatching! Arghhh! In this second drawing my smooth plastic water tank ended up looking like a piece of 1970’s macrame. The hatching also upsets the balance of the drawing.
Old Chairs near the water tank, Copic Multiliner, 12 December 2014
While I still like the composition this piece didn’t turn out like I expected. I was going to say didn’t turn out like I ‘planned’, but I didn’t ‘plan’ anything about this drawing except for where I was going to sit and what I going to make the drawing with.
So there are several things I need to work on here. Given that I’m not likely to get around taking the chairs to the re-cycling centre in the next little while I think I’ll try the drawing the same composition again. I will also vary the media I use and see how how that changes the work. Live and learn.