If you’ve in any way followed this blog the resent month, you may have noticed that I’m trying to learn to paint using watercolour.
And now it was time for my fourth attempt…
So, for hours I sat drawing a suburban brick building from one of my tutorial books.
This was going to be my best work yet.
So I first finished the pencil drawing.
After an hour or two, finishing it up, I did a couple of hours of pen work to get in what I thought was the most important details.
As you can see, I used a ruler to draw the structures of the building.
In retrospect I regret it.
The straight lines take away any personal touch from the drawing, and it makes it look way to “correct”.
It’s almost like it becomes worse the more work you put into it. Because all the ruler work makes the not so straight lines look bad.
It also takes away the chance of those happy mistakes, which often turn out to be the best part of the drawing or painting.
Anyway, it was now time to put some paint on it. And this time it was NOT going to get too dark again.
So I drew up some areas that I wanted to leave untouched by paint, using it as highlights.
I then did a very light blend of black and white to add to the sky, a bit darker for the buildings and pavement, and an even darker one for the people on the street.
I then set to work with my loose plan.
Soon enough I started adding paint here and there on a whim.
Then I tried correcting it, which added paint to the areas I had planned to leave untouched.
Then I started to paint over the paint before it had dried, because I got stressed out about ruining it.
Then it all became to dark, so I tried just adding more water to lighting it up.
Then I panicked and just startet adding blue colour to the top of it, making it flow downwards and hope it made a cool effect to the sky.
Then I saw that it didn’t work.
Then I just painted over the whole thing with water in frustration.
Then I thought; I might as well take a picture for this post.
Then I god depressed and threw it in the trash.
Learning watercolour painting is starting to get annoying…
But I have no intentions giving up.