Watercolour and Pen Suffolk Garden #3

pen, watercolour

outhouse framed

The third in the series! Click here for 1 and here for 2.

For each of these I’ve started with a rough sketch. I find it helpful to include little notes to myself. I know I’ve said this before, but I like looking back at the process before a piece is created.

Watercolour and pen suffolk garden - pencil sketch first draft

The sketch for the final piece is probably the most time consuming step. It’s always worth investing to get it right though.

outhouse pencil

For this I used Windsor and Newton watercolour brushes instead of a normal watercolour set. I’m thinking of writing up a more in-depth review. I’ve never written one before, but when in lockdown eh? Overall (spoiler alert), I’m pretty happy with them. I’ll be using them for future pieces I think.

outhouse watercolour

I was definitely less confident starting with this compared to regular watercolours. I added many more layers compared to normal.

outhouse watercolour 2

This one had the most complicated perspectives, but that’s kind of why I chose it. Drawing an object in front of you instead of from a photograph is such a great learning tool. When I couldn’t work out why a line didn’t look right, I’d move to an angle that matched with what I thought it should look like in my head.

outhouse close up 2

outhouse close up 3

outhouse close up

The end result is more vibrant, I think, but I’d like to be a little more confident when creating shadows next time.

outhouse bench

I’d love to know which is your favourite and why!


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