Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Watercolor and its Marker Sketch

"Tree w/ Lightning"
watercolor on paper, 2016
4" x 7" (10.16cm x 17.78cm)

Marker sketches
black and value markers
sketchbook 6" x 8" (15.24cm x 20.32cm)
Not for Sale

A watercolor painted from one of my marker sketches, original post here.
Most of the marker sketches were done while sitting in my booth at Laguna Art-A-Fair the last two years.
These sketches allow me to draw from my imagination. It is drawing for the simple pleasure of drawing.
I also enjoy the marker because it is so direct and forces me think ahead while still having the freedom to let it flow onto the page. It is very much like watercolor since you must plan on preserving the light areas and whites of the paper.
As you can see the watercolor is stretched out horizontally from the marker version. Having done the marker sketch first allowed me to see the proportions and make adjustments before the painting. I decided it needed to be more elongated for its simple composition.
Maintaining the value pattern was important and in this one, the textural quality of the tree.491


  1. Bonjour,

    J'aime beaucoup l'aquarelle faite à partir de vos croquis.


  2. Hello,

    I love watercolor made from your sketches.


    Hello martine,
    Thank you. I have more I will be posting. I had computer problems and was off the grid for a while. I am back.

    Keep painting...

    Bonjour martine,
    Je vous remercie. J'ai plus, je vais poster. J'ai eu des problèmes d'ordinateur et était hors de la grille pendant un certain temps. Je suis de retour.

    Continuez à peindre ...