Watercolor Castle Landscape


I’ve been rather unhappy with the landscapes recently and took a conscious decision with this one to strip it down to the essentials.   Even so there is still a lot going on in the picture and I’m pretty happy with the result.   Jsut goes to show that even though I thought it was too simple the simplicity gives you a lot of room to just play around.  Progress I think.

Mid way.  I started by wetting the whole paper and putting washes on that I didn’t mind bleeding into each other.  After that had dried I went back in with more deliberate color.


Tiger – day 4

Done *very* quickly as I’m running late.

Edit:  I actually gridded up the picture before drawing this out.   I tend to make the same drawing mistake with animals that I do with people i.e. making the head too big and the the body too small.   Drawing using a grid put a stop to that but I felt it inhibited my drawing flow somewhat and made things a little stilted.   I think the only real answer is to just get better at drawing.

The painting went pretty quickly.   I like to put the stripes in when the paper is partly wet and partly dry so some bleed and others look sharp.  Gives the whole a more interesting look.