View Full Version : Thatched Cottage WIP.

10-16-2007, 11:20 AM
I decided it was time to get my pens out again, so this week have started this one. I love Thatched Cottages and have done them in several other mediums, but not a penworked one before. At the moment I'm concentrating more on the basics, and the extra detail will come later, such as much more work in the stone wall at the front of the cottage, and shadows under the eaves (on the upper part of the second storey windows) etc. etc. The size will probably end up around 8"x6" or maybe a bit more, on Premier Watercolour Paper 216 gsm, done entirely with a 005 Micron Pen.

All C&C appreciated.

Val. :wave:

P.S. Have just realised I didn't scan this quite straight.


10-16-2007, 01:10 PM
Looking good....:thumbsup: [actually looking more than good - looking terrific!! :lol:]

10-16-2007, 01:46 PM
It's going to be lovely, Val!

10-16-2007, 06:45 PM
The trees looks great and I love that thatched roof. The shadows under the roof are looking good :)


10-16-2007, 10:54 PM
Thanks Robert, Monica and Jess. I'll make sure I get a straight scan next time.

Val. :wave:

10-17-2007, 08:09 AM
Looks excellent Val!!!! Great work. Looking forward to seeing it finished.

10-17-2007, 11:57 AM
This will be a stunner, Val. Looking really good.


Ranger Dan
10-17-2007, 01:48 PM
Interesting old cottage, Val. Is the lower portion protruding and shrubs growing on a flat roof? It is difficult to tell with the wall in front of the building. My mind wants the building to have a flat wall to the building, but the shrubs make me feel otherwise. (great job on the vegetation, btw)

10-17-2007, 10:40 PM
Well done Val. Liking the contrast a lot. The layout looks good and its all very nicely done.

10-18-2007, 01:24 AM
Lovely start Val! You always do such nice architectural renderings. This one is another winner!!

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10-18-2007, 05:13 AM
Nice Val, this is really good, the thatch and veg is looking so brilliant already.

10-18-2007, 06:47 AM
Thanks so much Elaine, Susan, Bob, Dan, Mel and Paul -- I appreciate your comments very much.

Dan -- It took me a while to work out what you meant, but then the penny dropped. It's a shubbery vine that has been trained to creep across the front wall of the house -- there would be some kind of trellis behind all of that greenery for it to creep along. Shubbery like this is pretty common in Great Britain, especially on the old Thatched Cottages. I actually have a photo of this, sent to me be a friend, so it is quite ridgy-didge, not from my imagination.

Val. :wave:

10-18-2007, 07:16 AM
good stuff, val. can't wait to see an update! :thumbsup:

Ranger Dan
10-18-2007, 11:16 AM
I'm glad the penny dropped, Val. I should have mentioned that I had never seen a vine look like a shrubbery. Of course a trellis would be employed to achieve that effect. That thought hadn't occurred to me. Looks great.

10-18-2007, 11:24 AM
Interesting idea, that shrubbery - never seen it around these parts..... but sure would look neat....

10-19-2007, 02:15 PM
Excellent Val! I love the texture your showing in the roof and vinework! - Chris

Sandy K
10-19-2007, 02:19 PM
this is really good, Val. Looking forward to an update.

10-21-2007, 05:26 AM
Thanks so much Lenny, Dan, Robert, Chris and Sandy -- much appreciated. I've been a bit slow with it in the past four or five days, as I've had visitors and haven't even had a chance to look at it, let alone do any penning. It's always great to have family come to stay though. Hopefully I'll get some more done tomorrow.

Val. :wave:

10-22-2007, 10:48 AM
Finally have gotten a bit more done to this -- another 3 hours. Still have heaps to do yet, but here it is at this current time.

Val. :wave:


10-22-2007, 12:12 PM
Oh my, this is gorgeous!! :thumbsup:

10-22-2007, 01:52 PM
Just beautiful, Val!


Ranger Dan
10-22-2007, 04:17 PM
Looking great Val! Looks almost done from here...

10-22-2007, 10:59 PM
Thanks so much Robert, Susan and Dan -- much appreciated. Have another few hours work left to finish this off yet.

Val. :wave:

10-23-2007, 05:07 AM
beatuiful work Val :)


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10-23-2007, 07:07 AM
wow, that's really nice!


10-23-2007, 09:51 AM
Thanks so much Dragica, Paul and Micki -- very much appreciated.

Val. :wave:

10-23-2007, 10:14 AM
Well, I think I have this finished, and it will be my Christmas Card for 2007, hence the coloured lights on the pine tree.

All comments will be much appreciated

1. as to what you all think about this being a Christmas Card.

2. Which one is the better of the two -- the one with the cropped grass, or the one with the wider strip of grass?

Val. :wave:



10-23-2007, 11:42 AM
I like the first one..... clever, using one of the trees for the xmas tree....:thumbsup: [does that mean ye hand-color them bulbs on all the cards?????!!?]:eek:

10-23-2007, 05:19 PM
very nice finish...i wasn't expecting that! :D:thumbsup:

10-24-2007, 11:08 PM
Thanks Robert and Lenny -- much appreciated. No Robert, I sure won't be hand-colouring all those light bulbs on each card, as I'll be doing about 100 of them, and I can think of lots better things to do with my time. :lol:

Val. :wave:

10-25-2007, 12:47 AM
and I can think of lots better things to do with my time. Like what - cleaning the house????:eek::lol::lol::lol::rolleyes:
[yes, I know - ye like Lenny and me - who cares.... [not]]:lol::lol:

10-25-2007, 10:13 AM
Wonderful, Val!

Ranger Dan
10-25-2007, 11:04 AM
Excellent Val! I think you should keep all the grass, but if it has to go to fit onto a card size, you could lose that little bit without too much trouble.

10-27-2007, 10:08 AM
Robert -- Unfortunately the fairies don't do the housework. :crying:

Monica -- Thanks!

Dan -- Thanks so much. I'm OK to use the entire drawing, so that has worked out well.

Val. :wave:

10-27-2007, 10:52 AM
Unfortunately the fairies don't do the housework. FAIRIES??!!? You have FAIRIES???!!!:eek: [what does yer husband think of them?:eek::rolleyes:]:lol::lol:

10-28-2007, 03:14 PM
Fantastic job, Val. I am glad to see this in ink.

10-29-2007, 02:13 PM
Great start. Be mindful of perspective.

10-30-2007, 05:40 AM
Val this is superb, love the stippling, nice

11-01-2007, 09:01 AM
Thankyou so much Charissa, Tain and Paul -- your comments are very much appreciated.

Val. :wave: