We've had another horrible week of high heat and humidity. The nights are hot and muggy too so no relief. I dream of faraway places with snow...
This weekend marked the second month for the new Moment Catchers project over on Candace Rardon's BLOG. I was considering a trip into the city for some Urban Sketching but opted for Forest Lake instead. It is a man-made lake smack-bang in the middle of suburbia. It is home to quite a few species of waterbirds, turtles, etc.
It was such a hot day so I found a shady spot on a park bench to sketch this tree.
Then a splash of watercolour with more pen detailing
Next up was the water dragon sculpture in the lake. The heat ended up getting the better of me and we headed home where I finished the sketch off with watercolour.
See below for more daily sketches from the past week or so.
I find sketching with ballpoint pen so versatile. It can be soft enough to almost have the appearance of graphite, yet with more layering, it can be quite dark. Of course, it can't be erased but I can live with mistakes.
I thought you might like another process sketch this week. A rooster to mark the Chinese Year of the Rooster — the Fire Rooster to be precise. According to Chinese astrology I'm going to be in for a tough year and I can believe it if the beginning is anything to go by. I was born in the Year of the Earth Pig and I have always found the Chinese Astrology to be uncannily accurate. Which Chinese sign are you born under?
A pen sketch to begin with
First pass of watercolour
Final stage with more watercolour and detailing
I'm linking up with Sunday Sketches again. To see the work of other participants for this week, click HERE.
I hope you are all enjoying a beautiful weekend.