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Strand on the Green, London - pen and neocolor pencil

Posted On: Wednesday 18th April 2012
Summary: Sketched in pen a neocolor pencil outside the Bull's Head pub on the banks of the River Thames in London

Blog Tags: Sketching   Plein air   Painting in London   Art techniques   Painting with acrylics   Buildings   Painting rivers   Painting trees   Painting water   Pen and ink   Painting tips   How to sketch   

Bulls Head Strand on the GreenI'm on day 2 of a five day painting visit to London. The weather is atrocious! Now and again the sun has broken through for a minute or two but most of the time it has either rained or threatened to rain. When is has actually rained I've generally found a bridge or bus stop to shelter under. And sometimes - like in this sketch I have had a pub to hand to dive into and console myself with a whisky.

All of which is not enough to stop me painting. I'll post a few sketches first. This is in my moleskine pad, which I have primed with a mid-grey coat of acrylic. This is quite a useful idea for speed sketching. I'm carrying a white neocolor pencil (a crayon really), a black and a couple of grey shades. And a fineliner black pen. With a piece of paper that is already grey it's quick and easy to draw in highlights - such as the white render on the pub walls here - and go the opposite direction to put in the darks. The mid-tones are already there in the form of the grey-primed paper. (4"x6")



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