|10" x 8", ink & watercolor on 140 lb. Canson Montval paper|
This view of "Uptown" shows Mt. Lebanon's bustling central business district, with shops, traffic, pedestrians, and people sitting at outdoor cafes.
As usual, I did my layout first in pencil, then inked the drawing and began adding watercolor. I painted the cloudy sky and the light washes on the streets and sidewalks using a wet-in-wet technique, then I began painting the buildings, applying my initial washes of pale tans, golds, and greys.
I gradually layered on darker tones, building up the color until it was time to add the darkest darks.
That's what really makes a scene pop. You have to have the nerve to add those darks to make the contrasting lights look sunlit.
The curvy border echoes the tones of the cityscape and makes a colorful frame around the sketch.
Check back tomorrow to see another cityscape. But this one has something big, red and shiny in the foreground! (Hmmmm, whatever could it be...................?)