There are 2 Stokka lakes here in Stavanger, they are both next to each other, one is big and one is small. Usually, when I take Tanzie the labradoodle for a stroll we go around ‘Big’ Stokka (some of it and occasionally the whole 9km around it). Both are beautiful so today we walked all of the way around ‘little’ Stokka, the reason for this was a house that always catches my eye is on the route. It’s not far from our house and I could just head directly there but thought I’d kill two birds with one stone and combine the dog walk with the sketch trip! Oh and guess what?!….. it didn’t rain!
I wanted to park myself where I could sit and work comfortably and Tanzie could amuse herself but found nowhere quite right for the job so I went further back into a wooded area and sat on a stone wall, perfect…. however, therein lies the problem…the trees obscured my view a little too much and dominated the composition. I need to either learn to work in standing (difficult while holding a dog on a lead and a ton of kit – but a handy skill nonetheless) or use a seat or stool type of arrangement (logistical pain in the butt, no pun intended, – lugging a chair around) or…. go sketch in places that are equipped with chairs such as cafes, transport… you get the idea.
So, into the line drawing and it went smoothly, I used a HB pencil and had little need for the putty rubber, I thought I was observing more and attempted to get the lines of perspective more accurate than my usual scribbles. Once the pencil drawing is good the rest seems like relaxing fun to be honest, it’s like the hard bit is done – which is a win win for me because I like the drawing part. I also found my reluctance to leave things like cars out was not really present, I’m realising they are necessary to add life to the sketch. There were no people about and this would have been even better but maybe they’d have wanted me to clear off
I found myself at a funny junction here and made a decision not to add any colour and keep this simply as a line drawing, sketching doesn’t actually require a wash of colour or does it? So I decided to get some shading in but like a fool just got carried away and didn’t really concern myself with the source and direction of light and this was quite a serious error that this sketch never quite recovered from. Even when I ‘u-turned’ on my colour decision 🙁 I wasn’t to fussed really because it is all part of the process, I added colour and was okay with this although I should make colour swatches because I never try hard enough to get colours right, then when they appear wrong I add more and more pigment and the whole thing gets muddy and this one is no exception!
So, it’s the end of my first week of this, it has been harder work than I thought but it’s not just about the sketching, the technical side of things – taking photos, editing them, uploading to the blog site, putting them into posts and writing posts seem to take yonks. I’m glad I’m doing this, my brain is in sketch mode now and I like that, it’s a nice place to be in. My goals are three things from here. Colour mixing, light values and perspective…. oh and perhaps not to quit!
I might sketch in oil colour sometime soon and look into using pens only. Also, limiting my kit for different days – how about taking three acrylic markers out, working without pencil (watercolour only)….. using gouache or pastel…..lots of things are popping up in my head… that’s not a bad thing either!