Draw and put values down quick
I love watercolours. Yet when I draw on location, I often need to put down values and colours fast and I find I don’t always have time for watercolours. I’ve wanted to experiment with watercolour pencils for a while. Would they be good to add colour to really quick sketches?
Could watercolour pencils be a fast tool?
I love Lynn Chapman’s drawings using the Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils. When I draw with pencils, I often find my drawing line is thicker than I ‘d like it… and my ‘Lynne Chapman style’ drawings don’t look a fraction as good as Lynn’s drawings.
Yet there is a little voice in my head telling me I could work out a way of using watercolour pencils that suits me.
During a weekend away I took the opportunity to experiment with a small set of watercolour pencils while my son was watching TV.
I stuck to pen for the outline and blocked the darks with a non watercolour black pencil. Then I put colour highlights with watercolour pencils. Finally, I went over with my water brush and a touch of watercolour to activate the pencils.
A collage experiment
The hotel’s post-it notes were exactly the same heigh than my sketchbook. So I couldn’t resist sticking one in and working over it. It is my first sketchbook collage experiment. I like how it helps tell the story of that moment and adds context to the drawing.
I will try to experiment with more collage elements on my pages.
But what about the watercolour pencils? I need to work with them until they become trusted old friends. I want to use them to sketch buildings and street scenes.
I like the bright colours that come out when you wet the pencil line. I like how they mix with my watercolour paints too. I am not sure about using them on their own. Yet with a bit of time and patience, they might be a good addition to my kit!