square hand*book journal, watercolor, CP, graphite Another entry from my travel journal of my art retreat trip to Virginia last month. This was drawn in full on location and the watercolor washes were added later and actually I started using my pitt pen on site too - as you can see with the boat on the left - but decided to wait and see if I wanted a more painterly look. Lately I've been going with watercolor or watercolor w/pen details for my sketchbooks. I find I can get quicker results this way and not get hung up on too many details - keeps things fresh. EDIT: I played around with this sketch in Photoshop using the pen tool, it's great for trying something out digitally before you commit to it. I think I do prefer it outlined, so I'm going to pen it in. That's what I enjoy the most about my sketchbooks, they're a place to *play* and try things out : )
Which do you prefer for sketching? Do you use pencil mostly? Colored pencils, pastels? Please share which sketching medium works best for you!
Anyhow, it was quite clear and cold that day but the trip was nearly over and I didn't want to miss capturing this plein air. I consider this my first official drawing in public because I had a friendly couple who took notice of me sketching this - they gave me an "ohh there's an artist" smile that was just priceless :) They were fairly close and almost tiptoed by, not wanting to bother me so I stopped sketching and smiled back, then assured them it was ok to pass in front of me. During the whole trip I felt like everything was so new to me, but what a great feeling to just "dive in" and experience it all!