Autumn is my favourite season of the year. I love the harmonious beautiful colours yet their beauty is so short-lived.
The Basingstoke Canal is drawn in a 5″ x 8″ 200g Moleskine watercolour journey. I did the rough pencil lines first then drew over them with a indian sepia ink pen. The colour was applied using a water brush with a little Winsor & Newton Cotman travel watercolour box. I am quite pleased with all the tools and equipment. They are light weight and convenient. Previously I mainly do pencil, may be occasionally pen, sketches outdoor. Perhaps I will do more colour one in the future as I have found out the joy of watercolour.
The Japan maple was an accidence. I used to have a huge Japan maple tree in my garden. It was fast growing and eventual it was cut down as a result of complaint from neighbour. However, a tinny sapling grew out from an escaped seed in the nearby rockery. I dug it out and replanted it in a pot to keep it under control. The drawing is in a A4 cartridge sketchbook. The middle part was penciled in first then coloured of watercolour with a water brush. Both side were just water brush with watercolour without pencil. I am still learning the properties of the water brush. Very pleased with it.
This live-sized plane leave is 11″ x 11″ on 300g watercolour paper. I did a pencil outline then tinted it with watercolour. This time with conventional brushes. After it dried I went out the outline with a permanent sepia ink pen then strengthen the colour with addition wash. This drawing was done over several days. The leaf had lost all it’s colours by the I applied the second wash. I only relied on my memory and bit of artistic licence. I think the outline would be better if I have done it with a fine rigger. May be next time.