Today’s post is a bit of an insight about my painting process. For some reason, it is quite hard to remember to take pictures while painting! There should’ve been one more between the second and third shot. Oh, well..
As you can see in pic1, my initial drawing is pretty loose and all over the place. The only thing I am interested in at this stage, is putting the shapes and objects in the right place. I am paying close attention to perspective, design, the actually shape of the things (in this case cars and buildings). It is not about how accurate you can draw something.
In pic2 I am doing what I call the underpainting. Initial washes that determine the colors and what sort of a painting I want to see in the end. High-key, low-key, that kind of thing..
After all this is dry, I start in the background with the most distant buildings and work my way to the areas up close. It is one enormous wash that is not allowed to dry until I got the entire thing done! Yes, it’s quite unnerving and you have to work quickly and decisively.
Once all the buildings are done I go into the details of the cars, pedestrians, wet street effects. The key word here is ‘vague’! I try to suggest these things and the only car I put more effort in is the taxi in the focal point and one other one. That’s it. (pic5)
I am very conscious of my edges and never say ‘too much’. I think it’s important to leave some mystery, room for imagination. When you look at the finished piece, it is remarkable what you think you see that’s not really there! For me, one of the most beautiful things about painting in watercolor!