Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Watercolor Workshop - Coming Home

Here are the final sketches from my long weekend in Vermont. I spent some time after the last class wandering around the hotel and sketching. The next morning I did a couple of quick sketches while waiting for my flight to Chicago. It was early and the sun was just coming up. I like to sketch inside the plane as well. The top sketch was from my outbound trip, but here I have added some color. The fellow in the hat was wearing a neutral colored shirt - I changed it to add interest. FInally, a view of the engine.


  1. How did you get the darks in your sketch of the man with the hat? I'm also sketching people more so I love any advice I can get..........

  2. The key to having good darks in to have nice juicy paint. Also, in some of my sketches, I have been experimenting with a water-soluable Pentel Sign Pen, which creates excellent darks when water is applied. People are very hard for me to paint. I am easing into the process by painting seated people from behind. I have had good luck with doing contour drawings of people, that is, drawing them with a single line and not lifting the pen from the paper until it is done. And most importantly: drawing what you are seeing and not what you think people look like. And lastly: draw all of the time. Keep a sketchbook always at hand and use it. Good Luck!