What? No construction scenes? Koi pond in Kyoto

What? No construction scenes? Koi pond in Kyoto

Here’s a nice shot. No, I didn’t take it. My friend, Chris took the shot during a trip to Kyoto. He also took the photo of the bridge I posted back in Nov. Photo of koi fish from Kyoto Japan

I find his photos are thoughtful, composed .. a bit like he is. I was looking through some of his photos, unfiltered, over the holidays and it struck me how he takes a single shot and captures the mood. I take dozens of chaotic, on the fly photos hoping to catch the right image. If I manage to grab the one I wanted I think “cool” and do a happy dance. Not necessarily the best method, but it works for me.

I’m playing around with this with Photoshop, trying to turn it into a bit of digital art. But … I love the photo as it is, so maybe I’ll just leave it alone.

Having fun w/ my Wacom – Line art and water colour bridge in Kyoto

Having fun w/ my Wacom – Line art and water colour bridge in Kyoto

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.