Sunday, November 23, 2008

Virtual Sketch Date - November 2008

pen and ink in sketchbook

I've been reading Stephen Quiller's book Color Choices
so I decided to use this month's Virtual Sketch Date to do a limited palette study. I'm enjoying this book, especially the way he does several studies of the same scene using the same palette and creates different effects. The book also includes a nice color wheel. He starts off with monochrome palettes and gradually adds in more colors.

This month's reference photo was provided by Jeanette Jobson. To keep myself from following the photo too closely and getting caught up detail, I made a quick sketch of the photo (above). Then I did the painting mostly from the sketch. While these aren't colors I would normally pick, I got a lot out the experience. Here's the final study. I'll have to live with it a few days to see what I think. I'll experiment with other color combinations though.

Virtual Sketch Date - November 2008

acrylic on illustration board, 8 x 10 inches


See all of my Virtual Sketch Date posts.


Jo Castillo said...

This is a lovely sketch. I'll be interested to see if you change the one in color.

Sydney Harper said...

Thanks Jo! I'm going to leave the one that's in color. It's a little brighter here than in real life but I couldn't adjust it to get closer to real life. Really it was meant as a study. I'll move on and perhaps revisit the idea later.