I'm quite new to going out and painting plein air but I'm struggling to get my tonal values correct. I like going and painting mountain scenes in the Lake District, England as you can get some fantastic, dramatic skies and shadows but it does make is tricky to capture.
I normally use watercolour and for my first venture out this was my go to medium. This the sketch that got closest to how I saw the mountains....
Next time I want to try and capture the gritty drama of the mountains so I thought charcoal would work better to get the darks and lights. Has anyone had experience of doing this and could offer any advice?
I had a play last night to see if I could create the kind of scene I want from a photo ( so much easier when the light stays in one place when your drawing it!!)
This is what I managed on a watercolour wash background using cartridge paper.
I can see it getting very messy in the field ( wet wipes are high on my list of supplies) but I feel it could be worth it.
I'm all ears if anyone has any advice for this mini experiment.