I've recently begun exploring watercolor mediums in my sketchbook. This was a big barrier for me to cross, as I've always found the lack of control of the medium to be frustrating.
But you have to admit, initial sketches are so bland…
As compared to their colored counterparts…
All my sketches start with either a Copic Multiliner or Marvy LePen Technical pen in black.
Then I add large background coloring with Derwent Inktense Blocks and Pencils so I can freeze a layer of color. And sometimes I use my Caran D'Ache watercolor crayons to the mix.
The final bit for me is to do some shading with Copic Sketch neutral grays and possible a highlight mark here and there with a white charcoal pencil.
Now that I'm feeling more comfortable with these mediums together I have to go back to a drawing in my book that is now begging for color… the dinner scene at Figs, a local restaurant.
Speaking of local scenery – on Saturday, April 19th, 2014, there is a worldwide 'sketch crawl' being organized. I'm making a list of local things here at my home of Sandy Hook, Connecticut, to draw on that day, and I'd love some sketching company. It's not exactly 'urban' sketching – but it's a lovely place to visit.
If you are interested in joining in on the sketch crawl; no matter your location – take a look at this web site to see if you can meet up with others too.
Get out there and draw something. As Koosje Koene says, 'Your drawing is a lot better than the drawing that others aren't doing.'