Colour Ink Sketch

Hamilton Sketches

The 1853 Central Public School on Hunter Street West, Hamilton (Ont).  Yesterday, I completed the pencil drawing of the school.

Completed Pencil Drawing
Completed Pencil Drawing

Back in the studio, I traced the pencil drawing with black ink and then erased the pencil lines.

Re-worked sketch with black Ink
Re-worked sketch with black Ink

A sketch is a quick and dirty attempt to capture something; you are not trying to create a polished work of art.

Nevertheless, you still need to work out the colour scheme.

You want the piece to hold together and your use of colour plays an important role.  Also, you may find that the colours in nature may not match the range of colour inks you have available.

So, to help the process along, I sometimes find it useful to create a thumbnail sketch; this allows me to try various colour combinations.

Thumbnail Sketch
Thumbnail Sketch

This morning, I started to work in the colours.

Adding colour inks to the sketch
Adding colour inks to the sketch

And here is the completed colour sketch.

Completed Colour Ink sketch
Completed Colour Ink sketch

Published by Chris Erskine

Inspired by architecture and landscapes, my art explores our relationship to place, memory and identity. As a mid career artist, my art practice includes: painting, murals, short films, and sound art.

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