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Re: John's May Journal - Pen and Wash

I wondered about that, too, Viv. Doing a wash over. That might be fun.

John, I have not seen hot press watercolor sketchbooks either
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The kingfisher is superb. Consider the blue tree "artistic license".

About HP watercolor paper in a sketchbook. I have never seen or found one, hence I made my own since that's what I like to use for my colored pencils and my water color pencils.
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Thanks Jamie, Vivien, Rainy and Debby!

Here are two sketches I did tonight while watching TV. They are both from reference images in this month's Pen & Ink challenge. They are in a 10 1/2 x 8 inch Hand Book journal. Inks used - Herbin Gris Nuage, Caran d'Ache Grand Canyon, Herbin Cafe des Iles, Noodler's Violet, Herbin Poussiere de Lune and Lamy Blue. The barn has some watercolor pencil, and the door image has watercolor for the hedge, lawn and glaze on the wall (which I used too much water with, smudging things too much).

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Re: John's May Journal - Pen and Wash

Your ink washes are getting really good! The ink adds another dimension. The one you did in plein air in the private garden is really lovely!
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Your ink drawings are just super.
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Wow, you've done two of the challenges at one shot! Nice form and proportion on that barn. I may have to try that one again myself. . .
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Thanks Joan, Debby and Rainy!

Here are two pages of quick thumbnail pen and ink sketches for an oil painting I'll be doing. Each thumbnail here is 3 x 4 inches, and the oil painting will be 18 x 24. These were done for composition and mass planning, more than values. The original reference photo is one I took. The mountain is Mount Si - a well-known landmark in our area. I varied the horizon line, trees (a bit) and the amount of a second mountain (Mount Teneriffe) showing in the image. I think that the middle one on the right-hand page is what I will use as the basis for the oil painting. The sketchbook is a 10.5 x 8 inch HandBook watercolor journal. I did the sketch in Noodler's Bulletproof Black first, then added inks with a brush - using W&N drawing and calligraphy inks. The frame outlines were done with a ballpoint, which is why some of the borders ran a bit - the Bulletproof Black, of course, did not.

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John, which of those thumbnails did you end up liking best? I think I'd go with the lower left or upper right.

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Great thumbnails, John. I think that any of them would make a good painting. I think I like the lower left best.
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A great way to use the inks, John. Looks like it will be a very nice painting whichever one of these you choose.
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Re: John's May Journal - Pen and Wash

Thanks Jamie, Michelle and Rainy.

You know, now that I'm looking at these again after a few hours have gone by, I'm still not quite sure which one I'll be using as the basis.

Interesting how different people have different preferences - and I do think overall that the reference photo was a decent composition to start with, so it makes sense that multiple acceptable variations could be made from it.

In any event, here are two quick sketches I did last night after the thumbnails while in the recliner. These are two versions of the lioness from the May Pen & Ink forum monthly challenge. The reference photo is from Patrick Hedges. Looks like I need to be doing a lot more portraits, as the proportions in both of them need help. I also can tell I was really tired by the second one, as I decided not to go much further than just a line drawing - and I forgot to add the whiskers! The ink used is Caran d'Ache Grand Canyon.

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Hi John, the proportions look good to me on the second one and except for the lack of whiskers (which you could finish if you wanted), I like that one! I like how the Grand Canyon washed for you. Is this in the Venezia journal or your new one?
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John, which of those thumbnails did you end up liking best? I think I'd go with the lower left or upper right.

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I vote for upper right, and maybe widen the path/road as it reaches the bottom of the canvas.
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Thanks Rainy and EP.

EP - you know, I'm leaning more toward the upper right now myself. (I'd better decide soon, since I'm planning on doing the block in the painting later today - !) Interestingly, the upper right image is quite close to the original photo I took - with only a couple changes. I lowered the horizon and raised the mountain to emphasize the mountain more in the composition. And, the largest tree on the left in the thumbnail was swapped from the right side in the reference image. The biggest tree in the reference was blocking a lot of the mountain, so I put a bigger one on the left to balance the composition a bit better and emphasize the mountain by reducing the amount of it screened by the tree.

Rainy - sorry, I should have mentioned the journal. The lions are actually in my 10 1/2 x 8" HandBook watercolor journal (portrait format). So far I like the HandBook products for pen and ink.
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Re: John's May Journal - Pen and Wash

The thumbnails are great. I like the upper right one.

The lioness got better on the second attempt, and you can always go back and add the whiskers.
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