Sketches of natural objects. This drawing was done with evening sunlight coming from the left which gave the stones a slight pink glow. Pencils were Faber and Castell Polychromos. I kept the background loose using hatching, as this was purely a sketch and to do it justice I would have needed a lot more time. I experimented with a few backgrounds in order to see how they looked and I liked the dot technique which looked very like sand. Other marks I used were contour lines and circles, the pencils blended as I used them. If I develop this picture at a later stage I would probably go with the dot technique but use a lighter sand to give greater contrast to the picture. I didn’t like the vertical approach, as it didn’t seem to suit the subject and the feeling of being at the beach enjoying nature that I was after. Possibly because beaches give the feeling of freedom and the vertical drawing didnt portray this. So I decided to try a drawing of it horizontal.
I took the photographs at a slightly different angle than I drew the picture I took them after I had drawn the pictures.
This drawing was done in morning sunlight which changed the colours slightly the light not being so orange. I used Windsor and Newton Watercolour Pencils and Inktense Pencils. Although this sketch looked more accomplished, I think the Faber and Castell/Coloursoft picture would give more detail on further development, so if I was to develop further I will need to decide on whether I want an impressionistic or a more photorealistic drawing. I would also place the stick differently as it mingled too much with the deep shadows under the pebbles. I used various techniques with these pencils from light close lines which gave a more even wash, and circles, hatching was less appropriate as the pencils don’t always wash even when the lines are pronounced. I finally gave the piture a wash with water to blend the colours.
I did both pictures on a day there was strong sunlight to give the colour and light we all want when we visit the beach.