Plants Are Getting In My Way

This is a homework for Liz Steel’s Sketching Now Foundations course. Obviously the assignment was to draw a part of a building covered by plants. I was amazed when I realised that drawing the twigs and leaves felt very relaxing. And this was also the first time I noticed the difficulties with Rohrers Antiktusche although at that moment I thought it has something to do with the paper.

Lamy Safari EF, Rohrers Traditional Ink Ceresblack, Hahnemühle Watercolor Book 200g

The "covered by plants"-task somehow carried me away. I tried a different building with different materials. The lantern got me into some troubles.

Tombow WS-BS Brush Pen Fudenosuke, Neuland Fine One Brush Grey (#101), Hahnemühle Watercolor Book 200g

In the following pictures I struggled with the angle of the roof. The colouring was a wilful try not to cover everything with colour, or as a designer I know once expressed it: courage to white space! Sounds much easier than it is. I helped myself by using a water-soluble ink. That’s why I had to apply water and colour sparingly.

Lamy Safari EF, Rohrers Traditional Ink Ceresblack, Hahnemühle Sketchbook 200g

Lamy Safari EF, Rohrers Writing Ink Sepia, WN Watercolour, Hahnemühle Sketchbook 200g

The last sketch was also an assignment for the Sketching Now Foundations course. The roof made troubles again. Furthermore I discovered how dangerous urban sketching can be. On a Sunday morning I sat on my little sketching stool when suddenly a big black dog without leash and a muzzle turned round the corner. The animal was already on eye level with me and extremely near before its owner dragged it away by the collar.

Lamy Safari EF, Rohrers Traditional Ink Ceresblack, WN Watercolour, Hahnemühle Watercolor Book 200g

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