I did another study, using a video produced by Nil Rocha. As you can see, he has a style similar to Peter Sheeler – and a lot of other urban sketchers: ink and watercolor. Although it looks easy, it is deceptive. It is far more difficult to achieve a good contrast study, meaning, a good light-dark balance. I found that out with yesterday’s study with Peter Sheeler, and especially with this one. I think I need to work out the values before I begin inking in lines. Blah is far too easy to achieve!
Above, in color. Below, converted to black and white in Lightroom to check out contrast. Sadly lacking!
I’ve had a cold for the past week and it’s really hard to get creative with sniffles and a fever! Following videos is a good way to learn, but more importantly they have helped me realize that I must push, push, push to show good contrast. Middle tones are easy to create, as are lighter ones, but getting the truly dark ones is far more challenging for me than seems logical. Something to think about . . .