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The Exploration Continues

April 14, 2016


ohio barn at700

Ohio Barn, 5×7

I’m continuing to explore sketching a wide variety of subjects, from urban architecture to country landscapes. Since old barns have always  been a favorite, I wanted to find a way to draw and paint them with pens and watercolor. Working from a reference photo, I went into this one working directly with a Sharpie Extra Fine Point. The first application of watercolor was a simple wash of ultramarine blue and with a touch of burnt umber over part of the barn. From there, I continued to build up color in the barn, the silo and the foliage.  Once the color was dry, I went back in with the Sharpie as well as a Micron No. 1 to add texture on the barn. I’m really pleased with this little drawing.

rockport chimney at 700

Rockport Chimney, 5×7

This little sketch was fun to do. A simple scene with an old building and a chimney standing in the middle of the lot, I think what makes this image come to life is the tree. After doing so many storybook trees, this one, while somewhat faithful to the interesting tree that was actually there, almost drew itself, but I did work at keeping it loose and free-flowing.

If you want to see some outstanding drawings of this nature, look up Marc Taro Holmes.. Holmes is an amazing Urban Sketcher.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 15, 2016 3:07 am

    Lovely sketches Ralph. Like you sketching is my first love.

  2. Jane permalink
    April 15, 2016 7:21 pm

    Love these. Your trees are killers.\

  3. May 14, 2016 6:17 pm

    Have only just found your blog Ralph – we used to exchange comments about gouache on the Wetcanvas site quite some time ago now. I have really enjoyed looking at your sketches.

    • June 5, 2016 6:10 pm

      Hi Sonia! A lot has changed, hasn’t it? I’m amazed at how many more people use gouache now, just in those few years.

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