Colour seascape from an old graphite pencil drawing: Derwent Artbars and Derwent A3 hard back sketch pad
Detail of the rocks and grass
I'm suffering withdrawal symptoms, not having been to the coast in ages due to family health issues. So I got out some pencil drawings, done in a sketchbook last year, and decided to work from them in colour.
I've sketched and painted in the area a lot over the years and so have lots of memories of the changing colours - the turquoises and deep blues of the sea on a fine day, the jade/viridian of shallow water, the pink and mauve reflections on the wet sand, the misty soft colours of the far off rain clouds and the currents, movement and drama of the sea.
The rocks here are sort of warm honey colours, though they change in less than a mile to deep dark granite.
The finished image - which loses something in photographing it - the very softest, palest colours never pick up well. There are more pale, cool neutrals in the sand than show here.
It's worked entirely with DerwentArtbars, with just a very very little touch of Winsor and Newton white gouache in some of the surf.
I used a Derwent 110lb A3 sketchpad - which is really nice, with an elastic loop to keep it closed and protect your work as you carry it about. This is good, as pages chafing together in movement can smudge drawings and spoil them. The paper has enough tooth to hold media well, without being insistent and dominating the finished piece, something I don't like. It copes fine with wet media as long as you don't get it too wet, which will make it buckle.
It's a mix of techniques; initial scribbles washed out and then glazed over with further washes of colour and finally layers of dry crayon, using the speckled effect given by the texture of the paper to create a sense of sparkle on the water or texture of sand and rocks. There is a little scratching through to expose lower layers of colour and some rubbing with fingers, to smudge colour. This nifty little tool gives you lots of different edges to scrape with . In this I didn't pick colour up from the crayon with a wet brush - but that's something else I like to do with them. I often use their Spritzer too - a really useful slimline design - great for when I want colour to blend and mix softly without touching it - one of my favourite tools, which I use a lot with watercolours as well. The triangular shape allows me to always find a sharp edge for finer lines or lay down broad strokes with the side of the bar. It also doesn't roll away :>)
What I like about the Artbars is the ability to make drawing a key element in the work if you want - or use it to create floods of wet wash as needed - or combine them as I have here.
Link to Artbars and Accessories
Link to Artbar review and more details of techniques and mark making possible
Now back to painting .................