USk: Alphabet Tile Home

w16-11-17-naskefimo-02You might remember the sketch
I did of this door and “blue” tiles
at a home the other day >>  It wasn’t the first time I’d drawn the house.  I’m drawn to it: it is close to the studio, the form reminds me of so many homes in Los Angeles, and because of the tiles…

I’d studied the house’s form early on a walk with Mitchell.  First studies were about the building, notes to myself in case I didn’t finish it onsite (I didn’t.)  Studying a building helps me but it can
also help someone who doesn’t have the architecturally trained eyes to catch perhaps quickly the language the building is using towards it grace or grandeur.

w16-10-1-usk-tile-house-001Human scale noted.  The steps were eye level —
this reminds me about the angles up and down (video coming),
and what I am seeing on shadows and balcony ceilings and lighting.
I look for symmetry and exceptions, though in this case, exceptions only in landscaping.
I discovered, by putting pencil to paper, what was so versus what I had assumed about the roof in this building!  Sketching-thinking allowed me to study what I think I am looking at then check it to the actual building.  You can see my initial block, which is higher than the actual roof, which is a bit oriental and steps down due to our viewpoint.
I then blocked it in brown pencil.  These sketches in an Aquabee sketchbook.

w16-10-1-usk-tile-house-004When I went back my point of view changed a bit (higher) and I finished a pencil sketch in the moleskin.  This is about as detailed as I get in a sketch before inking, below

w16-10-1-usk-tile-house-013Inked.  At this point in my moleskin journal I went home to paint —
but not before taking pics for color.

w16-10-1-usk-tile-house-015Art Nouveau Tiles!

w16-10-1-usk-tile-house-019The steps leading up to the doors in this and the buildings next door (matching, built by the same architect) have the most gorgeous Art Nouveau tiles!  The “plain green” is multi-hued, jewel-tone emerald- green but moving in lime and blue directions;
there is an amazing watercolor-glazed effect.

I used the tiles patterns creatively in the
page layout for the building.  I still have space
on the opposing page and have not decided what
I want to place there — perhaps lamp details or notes from our walk or some other discovery.  I drew them initially in a sketch book onsite but then I wanted
this cool border (below) to frame the layout.w16-10-1-usk-tile-house-014

Finally without my writing, below!

w16-10-1-usk-tile-house-024w16-10-1-usk-tile-house-016w16-10-1-usk-tile-house-027The lovely green is Diopside Green by Daniel Smith with touches of Spring green, if I remember.  I also used some of the cheapy Prima colors for the first time…
Not terrible.  I have no idea if they are lightfast — no rating — SO, only in sketchbooks.

I am playing in the group Thursday Doors, led by Norm 2.0, with others, here!

Have you got a door in your sketchbook?

   Moleskin 8×11 watercolor journal, with a Pentalic HB woodless pencil,
Lamy Al-Star with De Atramentis Document Black ink,
Platinum Carbon Pen with Platinum Carbon ink waterproof cartridges,
Sennelier, Holbein, Prima, DS Primatek watercolors, and Daniel Smith Watercolors.


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17 Responses to USk: Alphabet Tile Home

  1. bikerchick57 says:

    My eye is really drawn to the aqua, purple and red in the tiles. So pretty and such a lovely home! I can understand why your artistic hand is so willing to recreate the house, door and tiles.


  2. That first sketch really highlights the graceful look of the approach to the house and the tiles are glorious!



  3. Dan Antion says:

    Lovely doors, Kate. I like your comments about making notes about the building’s form. I do that with furniture and with buildings I notice while walking. I like when exterior elements telegraph aspects of the construction. The tiles are beautiful, too!


  4. Norm 2.0 says:

    That’s very pretty – nicely done 🙂


  5. Beautiful green indeed! My favorite color. 🙂 Great walk-through of your process. Looking forward to the video.
    What does Mitchell do while you’re sketching? He-Man would continue on walking and leave me in the dust I fear.


  6. joey says:

    I always enjoy your additions to Thursday Doors, but this one, ooh, the tile! Lovely!


  7. loisajay says:

    So you ink first and then apply watercolor? I love the entire process you showed us, Kate. So much to watch and learn.


  8. Fran says:

    Love this lesson. Going to save it.


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