• Pen Over Watercolor

    10 days ago - By Gurney Journey

    Here's a strategy for sketching subjects with a lot of surface complexity.
    In this YouTube video , I demo a sketch of a woodpile using fountain pen over loose watercolor washes.
    It's more common for artists to do the line drawing first, which I presume is how Thomas Girtin did this one... ...or this one by John Sell Cotman.
    The first stages can be remarkably loose, just setting up possibilities for the pen line.
    I use a few blobs of white acrylic to suggest the bright sun, and add loose, scrubby textures from a house painting brush.
    Check out the whole presentation in the YouTube video...
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