Living in Southern California is awesome for many reasons, not the least of which is living a mile away from In N Out Burger: the ultimate drive-in. I am working on a new series called Rainy Night Los Angeles, featuring views of my favorite night time places, and this is the first piece.
I took a few reference photos at different times of the evening, trying to understand the look and feel of light as night comes. I did a small 2" pen sketch to establish the composition before sketching the scene in my 6" x 9" Aquabee sketchbook. I started in the center with a light wash of yellow, and added red and blue as I moved toward the edge of the scene, away from the light. I enhanced the night sky with Ultramarine Blue and Marine Blue, and accented the sign lettering with Titanium white.
This is a study sketch that I will use to develop a larger painting.