15 minutes sketching an expansive landscape looking at North, East, South and West.
I was a bit dispirited by how boring these sketches were! I prefer the conte, charcoal and drawing pen sketch both because the media made it more lively and also because the composition had much more depth than the other drawings.
I enjoyed the sketchbook walk but due to it being cold I only did the first sketch outside. For the other two I took photos and sketched quickly indoors. This also allowed me to chose a variety of media I wouldn’t necessarily carry on a walk.
I have noticed that I tend to focus on a central dark point. Is this a weakness? I will explore different viewpoints in future sketches but maybe I need to look at where other artists place very dark points in the landscape.
look at other artists’ approach to tone in landscape
This exercise was much harder than I expected. I started with some wet in wet watercolour. This is a technique I haven’t really used before.
I decided to put in a horizon as the tonal contrast between land and sky emphasises the darkness on the land and the lightness of the sky. I didn’t get the land dark or sharp enough though.
I tried oil pastel. I have always found oil pastel hard to smudge, I tried blending it with some olive oil which created an interesting effect and a yellow tone which the clouds did have.
I tried a very sketchy effect using lines
I moved on to conte crayon but I found I couldn’t capture the billowyness off the clouds
I moved onto charcoal which is always great for curves and billowing
I found different material worked better with different subjects, the trees and landscape worked better with harder materials and the clouds worked better with softer materials
In this sketch I used charcoal for the clouds and conte for the landscape. I like the abstract effects of this. I spent longer on this sketch, lifting out the light in the clouds with a putty rubber.
I was itching to get the patches of blue sky into a sketch. I used chalk pastel and I really like the soft feathery effect I could get with this medium.
The thing I like about the contrast of cloud and sky is the solidity of the colour in the sky contrasted with the tonal variations of the cloud. I’d like to produce a piece where this is expressed – in the following sketch, the sky is a little patchy.
I loved just looking at the sky and clouds and really observing the tonal variations in the clouds.
To do: continue sketching clouds, look up oil pastel techniques.