@nicksellen great effort - i think you forest looks wonderful.
I'm actually not doing watercolor alone, I'm sketching with waterproof black ink in a fountain pen and then I'm throwing some watercolor on there. I find it much easier than controlling contrast and lines with watercolor alone. it's very rewarding!
I would recommend trying that. and check out "urban sketching" on the internet, you'll find a lot of stuff there.
I know a good book but I don't know if it's available in english.
@nicksellen ah, it looks like it is! http://www.modart.com/2011/10/27/watercolour-for-designers-by-felix-scheinberger/
@distel super! Thanks for the tips. I have a waterproof black pen with me so will try playing around with that 😀
@distel well I'm on my way now... I guess if I keep doing one or more a day I might be able to one day do justice to the actual scene in front of me.
Makes me appreciate your sketches even more!
@nicksellen nice one! I like the tent very much. keep up the good work!
A book which is probably the best art tutorial I've ever come across is "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards.
It shows how to shift from "L mode" which typically dominates but has no patience and draws cartoon like symbols, into "R mode" which is more meditative and can perceive the world as shapes and space without trying to recognise or name everything.
I like the cartoon-ish style much more and decisions what to leave out and what to change, are very important too.
sometimes I try not to look too much and draw my own interpretation of a thing.
my arts teacher in school said: if you draw photorealistic, why not take a photo in the first place?
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