Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sketched Sage

When sketching in nature, it is often the color that describes the subject.

Leaves are a perfect example.  Often the variety or form of the leaf is described through color rather than shape. Let's face it, many leaves are shaped the same (more or less).

Sage is one of those amazing plants that has color, and sketching sage gives the artist a lot of room for expression.  Enhancing colors, adding more color through blends, specking are all ways to capture nature's beauty.

When out sketching, especially in the garden, I love to use watercolor pencils or watercolor pastels.  Often the colors are brighter and more vibrant, even if sometimes these mediums are a little less delicate.

The lack of delicacy in watercolor soluble pastel or crayon can actually be a good thing.  It can help loosen up your artistic style and force you to be more aggressive on your sketchbook page.

Using vibrancy can be a unique and beautiful way to capture subtlety, and watercolor pencil or crayon is a wonderful and easy alternative to paint.  I urge you to give it a try.

This sketchbook page was done in Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Water Soluble Wax Pastel and Ink.

Thanks for checking in. xx