Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Process: Lake Como in Watercolor

Let's start with my photo reference, a shot of Lake Como in Northern Italy from several years ago. Side note: this is one of the most beautiful, dreamy places I've ever been. lakecomo1 I start off with a minimal sketch in HB pencil and a light pink wash for this one (I don't recommend having cat hair on your paper, as I have done, but when you've got a kitty in the studio during shedding season, it's tough to avoid) IMG_3097 Three layers of color here IMG_3100 More layers, lots of viridian green and prussian blue in the mix IMG_3115 And voila. Finished sketch with watercolor and some graphite detailing on the boat and houses.

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