Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Virtual Sketch Date - November


I'm a bit early posting this but it's ready so here goes...




'Trunk and Branch' 1 and 2
16cm x 13cm
Pen and Ink on Paper
(plus coloured pencil on no.2)


I really enjoyed doing these, I haven't drawn trees for ages, or used pen and ink for that matter. Pretty much unplanned, with just a quick pencil guide then started with the pen and paper and went with it. For the second version I added some coloured pencil to a copy of the original, as I wasn't too sure how it would look. I'm quite happy with both versions, for a change.

'In The Trees'

23cm x 16cm

Watercolour on Paper

It's another great reference this time, with plenty to work from. This is another section of the photograph, done in watercolour.


18 comments:

Leslie said...

Andy!
These are all spectacular!
You need to be very pleased.

Andy said...

Thank you Leslie, I appreciate that :o)

Stacy said...

Andy, I love that you tackled the complexity of this reference. The pen and ink is nice because it captures the value contrasts of the reference. I think I prefer the P&I without the colored pencil, but I could change my mind. For the watercolor, I really like that you warmed up the color of the tree bark and again chose a really complex area for your crop. It turned out great!

Sheona Hamilton Grant said...

I love the variation on a theme:all are great! I must admit to having a wee bit of a soft spot for your watercolour though: just gorgeous:)

shicat said...

Just beautiful detailed work. The watercolor is so soft and warm. The inks are beautiful as well. wow

Rhonda Bartoe Tucker said...

Love the pen and ink with the blue wash sky! Very well done technically, but really captures a cold, fall mood. Great job!

Jan Pope said...

That first one is abstract. Nice crop. I like them all. The first two are strong and evoke the feeling of winter. The third is like an Indian summer day in the fall.

Paulette said...

I love the high contrast of the first two and the softness of the third, also great colour choices in the third.

Sherry said...

Andy I cannot decide which of these interpretations calls out to me the most. I adore the design aspects of the black and white branches. But the warmth of that watercolor is brilliant too.

Regina Calton Burchett said...

Andy - I had to come back to your pieces several times. I like all of them for many reasons. Great composition, really well done - and I especially like the golden atmosphere of the last one!

Carolyn said...

I love the zoom in views on these. I think next time I'm definitely going to do pen and ink.

christine said...

Andy, you really captured that pesky (at least it was to me!) bend in the main tree trunk in the watercolor version. Very nicely done!

laura said...

These really are great. I love the interlocking branches in the top versions; and I cannot believe the bottom one is a watercolor! There's such a soft, muted quality to it. Entirely naturalistic and beautiful!

Brenda Yarborough said...

WOW -- truly beautiful and it's impossible for me to choose a fav. I really like the first one, but then I really like the last one. . . ha ha.

Andy said...

Many thanks to all who left such encouraging comments. Thanks also to Jeanette for the great reference photo... I wonder what next month's will be :o)

Jo Castillo said...

This is so nice. You have a great touch.

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BMoon said...

Gorgeous, ALL of them. Esp love the ink and blue pencil.....just draws me right into the scene.