Tokyo Watercolour In The Rain

Step-by-Step, watercolour

It’s finally done! I mentioned this piece Back in July and I’ve finally completed it.

I took photos along the way, so can put together a good old fashioned step-by-step post.

Here’s the original photo. I took it right after visiting the Ghibli Museum when everything looked rainy and cosy and magical.

1) I started with the underlying sketch and oh my goodness did this take a while. I know everyone always says this, but it’s so worth getting it right.

2) next up was adding colour. I was so timid to begin with using the Winsor and Newton watercolour pens. Over time I’ve become more bold and can get much brighter hues, but it was quite therapeutic layering the colours ( albeit I’m not sure it really made a difference in the final piece).

3) I used a bit of creative license when choosing the colours and when I was happy with the overall look I started focusing on different areas and being much braver with the colours.

When I started this, I had been doing a lot of pieces with predominately natural/neutral shades, so it was a lot of fun to be experiment with really saturated colours. I would love to recreate this as a digital piece.

4) the last step was going into each area with black and white pen. I was pretty sure that I wanted to do this early on to capture that cartoony feel. I’m happy with the overall effect but wonder whether incorporating markers could make it pop that bit more? Maybe I’ll try that next time.

And there we have it! 7 months later, a completed Tokyo scene in the rain.

You can see what else I’m doing over on my Instagram @artjmtinsta.

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