Big to smallPosted: October 1, 2014
It’s the start of car painting season, and I don’t mean painting my car, I mean painting from my car. Today I spent a little time looking at the shapes of foliage. The first big wash (which I have varied from yellow to red to green in this case) covers the tree and grass shape, and that’s the main shape in the sketch. I am sometimes guilty of not making that wash puddle big enough on my palette, so I’ve been trying to remember to mix up about double the amount of what I think I need. It’s never fun to run out of paint. By the time you mix another puddle the wet paper has dried, especially sketchbook paper, so it’s important to make lots of it. Once that big shape has dried you can go back into the washes and define the smaller shapes such as the undersides of trees, the trunks (some are positive, some are negative shapes) and the shadows. The last step is the really tiny bits of calligraphic lines, splashes and dots.