VSW: Amsterdam 1

This is a short how-to on a fast sketching technique with soluble inks…
Done in haste this morning for my peeps on Virtual Sketchwalk.

Finding a way into a complicated sketch is easier than we make it out to be,
and yes, I may make this look easy, but practice (hence sketch) and it will be easy for you.

I apologize for the images — middle of the night!


I start with a horizon or other significant line… keeps me grounded!
this one I started right as that was the edge with boat and windmill…


I moved across the horizon line, adding informational bits as I went:
Houses, more windmills, foliage…  Then began to move out into the water with
the traps or buoys or whatever those thangs are!


Keeping going, do you see how messy messy my lines are?
I set a deadline, the 15-20 minutes before I had to get up to go to work!


Then I used my waterbrush to wash water onto the large body of water (lake?)
to give it some form… I let that dry.

I began to hit the lines selectively with a fine point waterbrush,
moving quickly so as not to lay on too much water
(I don’t even have to squeeze mine) and leaving some areas with no water for definition.  Trust me you will over do this sometimes and end up with a mess.
These messes can sometimes be cleaned up by coming back
with linework over the dried ink wash.

Detail below. 
Don’t think too much, just give it a go…
Be messy!

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hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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7 Responses to VSW: Amsterdam 1

  1. Beth Muether says:

    Going to try a few of these!

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  2. joey says:

    Gorgeous, just gorgeous. And in a hurry. Hmph! LOL

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  3. Andrea Palma says:

    That is so interesting how the inks behave on paper towels! Love the sketches, and now of course, I have more inks on my list.

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  4. Pingback: VSW: Amsterdam 3 | D.Katie Powell Art

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