Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A couple of friends are enjoying Kyoto at the moment and sending wonderful photos my direction. This one in particular caught my eye: Bridge in Kyoto park 2016 Nov

Beautiful, isn't it? Peaceful as well. I've been looking at something to use to test new brush techniques with my Wacom tablet. I've never had luck with water colour techniques in the past. Everything tends to look like the Blob. Not pretty. But I decided to be brave and give it another whirl. And yes, I cheated again. I did the line drawing over the photo first to act as my template.  Then I set about using brushes with wet edges and build up ticked along with parsimonious use of the mixer brush. I started on the bridge. After 2 tries, I finally got it ok. Then the water, slowly filling in sections. Finally the trees and here it is: Line art of bridge in Kyoto park

I like the incomplete look, like the landscape is just coming forward.  But there's something about the extra whitespace that gives it a sense of calm. My first successful attempt at a watercolouresque picture. When I feel more confident in controlling the pen, I'll try a free hand drawing, rather than doing the lineart first.

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