I have to confess I hadn’t paid much attention to my watercolour pencils before my holiday. They were lying about in the drawer. I felt more inclined to use acrylics or other media I had at home in London. I didn’t feel they were colourful enough.
But they proved me wrong.
I found them really handy to carry when out and about. Easy to use. Light. Clean. No mess.
And I started to use them more and move.
For all sorts of subjects.
This was one of my first sketches with watercolour pencils. I didn’t have much time on the day, so I simply used the pencils at the time and put the wash later on.
I simplified the drawing leaving out some details, such as the left side of the wall and window.
Nothing fancy, just an ordinary moment in the day, with a humble table. And the light was lovely.
My pencils came out, no need to wait for the perfect subject.
This was another quick sketch, done on a morning walk. I sat on a bench and looked around. I didn’t want to draw a scenic view, so I picked a picturesque set of houses.
No need to fill the page, as the buildings I left out were modern and didn’t match these little houses.
On the day I climbed to this viewing spot I also took some pics with my mobile. I prefer the drawing, even if the horizon turned out a bit wonky and I made up half the architecture. The drawing has simplified the scene and kept the intensity of the colours.
This time I used a thicker paper with medium texture. I used biro first to draw the main lines. I finished the drawing later on as it was getting too hot for sitting in the sun. I think I will return again in the future, hopefully the weather will come along next time too.
For this last image I made a mistake: I used the flat side of the paper, instead of the textured one. In hindsight I think it worked out better, as I had little time to draw and the light was changing quickly.
Again I drew the main lines with biro (leaving out some details) before using watercolour pencils and a wash in quick strokes.
Thanks for reading this. See you soon with some more of my summer drawings.