Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Playing With Sketches

Since the sun decided to come out yesterday, I spent some time gardening - the first time I've set foot out the back this year. Yikes! I weeded and pruned my socks off for a good few hours, then reckoned I'd earned a bit of play time.

I found a sketchbook from when John and I had a week in Hamburg. I scanned in a couple of drawings of some wonderful old warehouses we found looming above the river Elbe, then played around in Photoshop with colours. None of the colour was in the originals - they were simple 3B pencils sketches.

The textures are not imposed, just exaggerated - they come from the paper itself, and from the drawings being a bit thumbed and smudged around the edges. The tonal values in the background are in fact reversed - what was grubby is now whiter, the cleanest whitest paper is the orange.


Jessie Lilac said...

They look lovely in this colour! I like the way you've descibed the architecture with the lines.x

granny grimble said...

That's a great success. Just the right colour to bring out the majesty and age of the buildings.
I would have liked to have seen a 'before' drawing though.

Anonymous said...

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Annabelle Métayer

Lynne Chapman said...

Thank you, and hello Annabelle - welcome to the blog. Glad you are finding it useful. Good luck!