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Travel Journal: To Colour Or Not To Colour

Sometimes I would sketch and love the black and white version so much that I didn’t want to add any colour, out of fear of messing up the overall drawing. Having done this a number of times however, I learned not to add in the depth of shading required in these b/w drawings because I knew that later I would give in and paint them.

I think I became attached to the drawings, in part because it took so long to draw them. Unlike the 5-minute sketches, both of these drawings were done over the course of an hour to two (so many roofs and windows!!). Tools: my usual .005 pigment liner and W&N artist watercolour.

Pigna Sketch

Pigna, Italy

Pigna  - watercolour

Pigna, Italy – watercolour


And this one:


Menton, France

Menton, France

Menton, France - watercolour

Menton, France
– watercolour


2 replies »

  1. I really like your sketches! They tell a story within themselves. I can see myself there, at the location enjoying the view and taking it all in.

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