Saturday, 8 January 2011

Agapanthus Progress

The weather may be beyond lousy, but it is actually quite kind to watercolours, so I have made use of it by getting the first layer down on one of the agapanthus. I start with a light pencil drawing, and then lay down some watercolour to help me see what it is going to look like and to put in some tonal values. It is really helpful in seeing if there are any compositional problems and also is invaluable in keeping complex flowers like agapanthus a bit easier to handle.
I have started to lay down a little more colour in the top corner, partly because the weather is just too damp to do much coloured pencil work, but also to try to speed up the whole process. By laying down more colour in paint, I am hoping that coloured pencil will be more detail, rather than the bulk of the work. If you can't beat the weather then maybe you just have to go with the flow.


Kristin Dudish said...

A beautiful start.

Tracey FK said...

Thanks Kristin, just spent a few minutes looking at your blog and am looking forward to following you. Loved the seven things about you part and as a fellow accident prone person could appreciate the decision not to high five... I may take that on board myself