The final picture I decided to concentrate on was of an unusual tree trunk with coins embedded in it.
|Tree trunk with coins|
Pencil: I used an HB pencil to represent hard edges and a softer 8B pencil to represent background and the soft mosses.
Although I created some interesting directional lines with the pencil, I didn't feel inspired with the result. Maybe with more work, mixing different media or adding colour would liven up the picture.
|pencil sketch of tree trunk|
Whilst the paint was still damp, Quink ink was used with a mapping pen - the lines became blurry and soft edged.
A green/blue background was added with ink lines added to create the muddle of the undergrowth.
I really enjoyed this - the texture took on a life of its own.
|tree trunk in watercolour and ink|
The grain of the paper helped to recreate the look of grain in the wood.
|study in charcoal|
The complete page showing all the textures used to create the tree trunk.
|page of textures for the tree trunk.|
Each sketch grew spontaneously - you were never quite sure how each would turn out.
Another learning curve for me with this exercise, was that the more you experimented, the looser and more fun the sketches became.