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Old 06-09-2010, 02:24 AM
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I decided a couple of years back to do a slow burn project on the local waterways - it's been very slow burn! I really need to get out and do some more.

The work is divided between 3 sketchbooks - one A3 watercolour paper book an A4 cartridge paper book and a little (a rather gorgeous!) hand made paper, leather bound book. I'll keep the work in one place though as they are all the same project.



This one is a charcoal sketch of an inner city area of old factories - the river and canal split here at the weir, they often join each other for stretches. This in in the A3 book across the 2 pages, so quite a big drawing.

I planned to look at the canal and river in the city and villages, streams, ponds, pools. reservoirs and flooded quarries - anything watery
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Old 06-09-2010, 03:14 AM
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Your water studies have always been great, Vivien! Great charcoal sketch on this one. Looking forward to more, don't worry if it's slow
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Very nicely done, Vivien! Sounds like a fun project.
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I don't think I could do this. It looks very difficult and you've done a great job.
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Canals and rivers and adjacent buildings make good subject Vivien. I will follow your project.

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Very good sketch, Vivien, and a great theme! For charcoal or pastel, do you use fixative on the pages when you're done?

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An interesting project. I like anything involving water myself, so I will be checking to see your additional sketches.
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Viv, that is so magnificent. I love the atmosphere in your charcoal factory scene -- the pale window sashes on the distant building with its dark windows, the lettering for the Piggott & Sons sign, the tree on the left with its wild branches, the swirling water -- it's all perfect. Very accurate and detailed without being overdetailed, everything flows so natural and the balance of the scene as a whole is incredible. The extra-wide panoramic format helps give a sense of how overpowering those buildings and that district are. Even the sky looks overcast, cloudy, smoggy. It's perfect.

Looking forward to more, this one's gorgeous!
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You do water so well. The canal panorama is magnificent. Looking forward to seeing more.
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thank you everyone for the lovely comments

Yes Jamie I do fix the charcoal so it doesn't turn into a soup It's fine then.

A friend did a US version along with me and has done some lovely work - she has a canoe and paddles the streams where she lives and gets different views entirely.



This is a smaller watercolour and coloured pencil version in the A4 book
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Yes Jamie I do fix the charcoal so it doesn't turn into a soup It's fine then.

Thanks Vivien. I haven't fixed the few I've done in my book, but I will! From time to time I've been tempted to do something in pastel. I guess as long as I fix it, it can live in the book.

Nice color work!

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I like the colour version of it too. The atmosphere's completely different, almost cheery, very real and a little exotic. Beautiful. What a striking contrast and both of them the same view!
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Interesting seeing the same scene in color. Very nice.
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Interesting exercise to do both a b&w version and a color version of the same scene. They are both great but I really like the color version. What exactly on that one is done with CP?

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thanks everyone

it's difficult to explain or remember exactly what is cp! I tend to use it get subtle changes in colour, haze over with a totally different colour, sometimes to bring out the sharpness of lines in man made things.

There is yellow on the tree that was growing below the wall to bring more light and glow into it - some rich siennas on rusty metal parts - some amber/earth touches to enhance the water ..... just touches here and there

At some point I'll try to do a step by step so you can see how I use it to 'push' images that last bit that, for me, brings them together.



At one point my friend stood right in front of the view as I sketched - so I drew her
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