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Old 09-11-2018, 11:32 AM
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Sketching Prior to painting

I've recently gotten back into watercolor painting, but noticed that my drawing skills are sadly deficient. I never practiced drawing as I should have and have mainly been a doodler ( I still love doodling). That said, I'm anticipating painting a large watercolor that I want to include a lot of negative painting, so instead of jumping right into the painting, and risking failure, I've decided to spend some time in sketching bits of what I intend to paint and then the entire scene before I get the paints out and the paper prepared. Here is today's negative drawing-yes, it's a doodle, but I think I am on my way now to work in a larger format. I have to find my drawing pencils and sketch book. This was made with a school pencil, probably a #2, on a page of my journal. Back to basics!

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Old 09-11-2018, 09:01 PM
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Re: Sketching Prior to painting

Looks pretty good to me. No need for a large number of pencils ... a #2 is fine. Just lighten the pressure for a lighter value or press harder for a darker one. A sketch book would undoubtedly be helpful though.
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Old 09-12-2018, 08:42 AM
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Re: Sketching Prior to painting

Thank you, Ken! I found my sketchbook so I will use that from now on-although I can't say I won't doodle on the corners and margins of all other manner of papers! That's the one thing I got called out about in school-drawing on my test papers! I was just admiring some of your work! Amazing!! I am a fan of your Civil War work-General Lee is a particular favorite of mine!
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