Thursday, September 30, 2010

Red Rose Tea

Take a few minutes and relax ...

When I sketch, I usually do a rough pencil outline, then ink in the lines and add details and color. But I think it sometimes makes my sketches look more controlled than I would like. So, for this little sketch I challenged myself to complete it in ten minutes, with no preliminary drawing. I did all the lines in 5-7 minutes, but adding the washes took more than the remaining three I had allotted myself, simply because it takes time for the paint to dry before I can add another color on top. Total time was probably 20 minutes.

Despite the wacky shape of the tea cup, I like the spontaneity and life of this painting. That's why sketching is so much fun - it doesn't have to be perfect. It's all about capturing the moment and enjoying the process.

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