In preparation for my next project (more on that soon), I’ve been drawing from photos of NY in the 20s and 30s. Here are a few…
This is the last batch of drawings from a trip to Provincetown last month.
After trying to draw moving water over and over, it was nice to switch to leaves and grasses, which hold relatively still. Â This one was ink-wash (using the rotring pen and its non-waterproof ink, then a brush and water to create the wash):
Switching to watercolors. Â Not very happy with the result. Â I wanted to draw the grasses, but somehow got hung up on the “background,” the walkway with its flat stones. Â The only part of this I really like is the yellow-ish grass running down the right-center of the picture.
I decided that if what I wanted to draw was the tall grasses, I wasn’t obligated to draw any background, I could just leave the white page. Â Better:
And then decided to use pencil a bit, I guess it freed me up from drawing as much with the brush, and I could just use the watercolors to color:
Not sure if this one was finished, but it’ll have to be:
I did a lot of watercolor and other drawings during a four-day trip to Provincetown earlier this month. Â I’ve been obsessed with drawing the surface of sea water for some time.
They’re hard to scan, trying to get the luminosity of the watercolors without washing out the subtleties. Â I scan at low contrast and try to punch things up in Photoshop to get as close as possible to what they really look like.
Okay, I started cheating and putting stuff beside the surface of the water in the frame: