Thursday, July 2, 2009

Riverboat - Tight vs. Loose - Two Sketches

First sketch - Tight - Fail

Worked on this first sketch for about 45 minutes and wasn't pleased with it. The proportions were wonky (drawing lead-free) and there was too much dead space on the top deck. The only thing I liked was the contour line of the trees. I did however enjoy the zen of all that crosshatching.

What drew me to this scene was the bright red smokestacks. That's all I really wanted to capture, but two red sticks and nothing else would look funny.

Found a quote by Andrew Wyeth

"If you clean it up, get analytical, all the subtle joy and emotion you felt in the first place goes flying out the window."

Exactly! I had analyzed all the joy out of this.

Started over just trying to capture the smokestacks and the essence of the rest. The second sketch took 2-3 minutes, tops. The proportions are still wonky, but they are joyfully wonky.

Second sketch - Loose - Joy! LOL!

I can see an improvement in my watercolor sky and clouds. I didn't fight with it so much this time. Practice, practice, practice! I like the way the distant riverbank came out gray and hazy. That's just lucky happenstance.


Shirley said...

I'm inspired by your determination to start over and bring your passion to the drawing! It is a lovely cropped composition and your looseness and joy can be felt.

Janice said...

what a wonderful quote from Andrew Wyeth ... I'm going to make a copy and put it up on the wall above my painting table

thanks so much for this, and the red smokestacks are brilliant

Alex said...

Very inspiring indeed, and i love all the lines you've laid, and the colors are just so soft and nice. :)