So, from line work to washes - from my previous post, you'll know I've used a waterresistant black pen to plot out the scenes. In the second building (B) I've manipulated perspective to get a more 'fish eye' three/four point perspective. Both reference images where at dusk, so I've started including many of these colours (darker greens and lighting in windows) into the pieces.
With rendering in watercolour, remember the following:
1. Use the right paper - watercolour, fairly average GSM but enough not to have the paper wrinkle. Usually I would stretch my canvas or paper for water washes, but I didn't do it this time.
2. start lightly and work towards the shadows.
Something I didn't quite get right with A. I started working with fairly mid range warm green and terracotta straight away, which dictated the rest of the painting being fairly dark, in comparison to B.
3. Red Blue and Yellow - primary. i) Try to make your own secondary colours etc. But if you can't keep enough paint to cover the whole piece. ii) Use opposites for darkening an area - example, when I made the green (red/yellow primaries), I add a little blue in for the darker corners or shady areas. With the yellow, I went fairly vibrant with yellow to highlight the fact that the glass wasn't a reflective 'blue' but rather had a warm 'glow' - people are home, and the lights are one.
4. I won't be putting the sky in, so I need the scene to convey the time of day, by the colours, shadow, green/shade of the trees.
5. Work with purpose. I hesitated a bit with A. which affected the way it looked - more laboured. but B. is free, stronger and to my eye, my appealing. I work on a few pieces of watercolour paper before I jump in, which works for me.
I'm letting them dry, the paper flatten and in a few days, I will revisit for the final coat. So, I guess you could say point 6. Is don't rush, and perservere. There is a tendency to give up on watercolour washes because they're hard to 'manage', but perservere with them.
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