Ongoing Watercolor Sketches1/11/2017 10:29:00 AM
Remember the art resolutions that I posted? Well, one of them is to be able to fill one sketchbook this year with watercolor sketches. I do not pledge to draw on it everyday because my schedule doesn't permit doing so but I'm really hoping I'd get to when I've gotten back into the swing of things this year. Anyway, I've started to fill up some pages of this art journal at least.
The art journal was bought from Jerry's Art o’ Rama on sale. I bought the one that's squarish in shape, around 5" all around and is very handy to carry in my bag. I'm still deciding which tools are best for my on-location sketching so bear with me. I'll make a separate post for that. For now, here's what I've been using.
1. Travelogue Sketchbook by Global Art Materials
2. Zig Transparent Watercolors
3. Kneadable Eraser
4. Zig Medium Tip Waterbrush
5. 18-color Zig Gansai Tambi
6. Zig Drawing Pen .30
7. Uni Drawing Pen .70
8. Koh-i-noor Clutch Pencil with 5H Lead
9. White Uni Gel Pen
My drawing process had been this so far. I pick a subject either from Pinterest or from life. I take time to sketch it out for 10 minutes and then apply a light watercolor wash of up to three layers for 20 minutes. I devote another 10 minutes for the final inking. Since my goal is to be able to make quick watercolor sketches on location, I don't want to be dwelling on a page too much either with details or with too much coloring.
I'm enjoying it so far and it's sooo relaxing. I think this exercise will really help me improve my speed and technique. I can't wait to see the finished sketchbook by the end of the year. Also, it's a means for me to use all the art materials I've hoarded in the past year.
Oh and one more thing, quick watercolor sketching is best enjoyed with your favorite coffee or tea.