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I had an amazing time in LA, but didn’t draw the sky because it always looked like this. There were no clouds, there was no rain, there was nothing but sunshine.

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Returning to Scotland was a bit of a shock. It’s cold, wet and grey. But our sky is much more interesting.

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Another dramatic evening sky. I’m really pleased with how the watercolour effect looks in this – it’s all digital!

If you use Photoshop, I really recommend Kyle T Webster’s watercolour brushes (and indeed all his other brushes): check them out here.

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Now my computer is feeling better I want to get back in the habit of posting these! There was a lovely sunset outside my window, and as I began to draw another plane flew past leaving a bright orange trail.

I find I’m struggling to get the orange parts as bright as I want without dulling the colour by adding white. I think my choice of blue may be too light … it’s something I need to work on.

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My laptop, after four years of faithful service, has gone on a freezing and shutting-down spree. Despite being completely wiped, it’s still acting up … and I now can’t use Photoshop or my tablet. Today’s sky sketch was created on my phone!

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Light shining through clouds. Very cloudy, but little rain.

Using my iPhone I often create slow-motion videos, but this is the first time I’ve tried time-lapse: you can see the result below!

 

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I was ready to paint a glorious square of blue. Then I saw how light from the city was glowing in the clouds.

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There was a lot of cloud cover today.

I drew this using a couple of brushes from Kyle T. Webster’s Real Watercolours set. I recently treated myself to them and they’re great fun to use. Plus they have the bonus of “Undo”!

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One thing I’m hoping to take from this project is that I become extremely good at painting clouds.

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I paid more attention to the sky today. Though most of the time it was completely cloudy, there was one moment when the cloud thinned just enough for the sun to be seen as a white disc.

This one I drew on my phone, using an app called Sketch Club!

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I love looking at the sky and seeing how different it appears every day and night. For a while I’ve been wondering about doing quick little colour studies of what a piece of sky has looked like, and today I managed to sketch one!

After a bright, clear day heat haze fell. Now it’s reflecting the orange glow of the streetlights.

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I’d like to get into the habit of drawing daily so I’ve come up with a list of short exercises to do, one each day. Today’s was a landscape study.

Landscape_01_Image copyMountain landscape 478216 from http://wallpaper-kid.com/mountain-landscape-backgrounds.htm

Landscape_01_BW copyI did a B&W study first to try and understand the tones in the photograph. In my sketch it’s difficult to distinguish between the mountains and the rocky formation in the foreground. In future I’ll allow myself to play with more values of grey. It also took me a while to realise that though the shadows on the mountains were dark they were lighter than the shadows in the foreground.
Landscape_01 copyFor this exercise I took the colours directly from the photograph. I plan to build up to the point where I choose my own palette, and work in real paint, pencils, pastels etc.

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I got some new paintbrushes for Christmas, so I played around with gouache this morning!

Close-ups below.

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