The subject of this and the next blog is a couple of sketches based on the same photo ( below), each one approached slightly differently.
This first one is done very rapidly on a stretched Daler Rowney Langton watercolour block using a thin wash of yellow ochre, raw sienna and a little gold-green for the background. I’m using a very watered down wash and then adding both more (very liquid) paint and more water from a dropper bottle. This adds textures (otherwise known as cauliflowers), it is also allowing paint to granulate in the rough texture of the paper, and creates a varied tone as it’s dries.
Once the surface has dried to a damp stage I’ve started to draw in the stalks, with both acrylic ink (which like to explode into the surrounding watercolour, if it’s still damp), and with a drawing pen and ink (I use Herbin inks, they have some lovely subtle colours and a good variety of browns). This is done pretty rapidly and these lines come out as some crisp and some fuzzy, depending on the varying dryness/dampness of the area of paper they are drawn on or over.