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Airbrush medium instead of water

On the subject of underpainting, I watched this the other day. I knew it wasn’t good to mix too much water with acrylic, and that you could use a medium instead, but I didn’t know about airbrush medium. I’ll have to try it.

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Painting

More lamp practice

Tonal sketches of a kerosene lamp
Acrylic on paper

Some really quick tonal sketches I did in preparation for a painting I’m going to do. (I previously did a pencil drawing.) They’re pretty rough, but I found the exercise helpful—and fun. I did them to try to decide on an underpainting colour, but they were also good sketching-with-a-brush and value practice.

I like the ochre one best. Amazing how different colours can produce such different moods. The blue one I stuffed up and didn’t finish. 🙂

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Sketching

Band of colours

Coloured pencil on paper

This is my attempt at capturing the band of colours I mentioned here. Pretty subtle. It took some observing to be able to distinguish the colours, and even then, it’s probably quite subjective.

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Sketching

Coloured pencils

I was stoked to pick these up yesterday (a birthday present bought with some money from my mum). They’re lovely and soft and loaded with pigment. Look forward to doing some coloured sketches.

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Sketching

Manuka tree

I love sketching trees. They’re challenging because of all the detail, but they’re also fun. There are so many different kinds, they each have a different character. and they really encourage varied mark-making and gestures. I can see why landscape painters love to paint them. This is one from my backyard.

Charcoal pencil on paper