This acrylic ink on paper drawing was created using just one colour, Payne's Grey. I really like drawing tonally sometimes. It gives a completely different look to an artwork and can turn it into a very different image than if it had been in colour.
I wanted this view to really draw the viewer in, to make them feel that they were right in the picture, so a good strong drawing with accurate perspective was essential. I sketched with pencil first.
I made sure I knew where my vanishing points were and kept checking my photo reference to get my proportions and angles right. Often when drawing a street scene which it doesn't quite look right, it's the perspective that needs working on. It's really important to learn how to draw perspective to make believable street scenes and there are many books and you tube videos to help with this.
Once I felt like the pencil drawing was right, I started to ink in the outline using a dipping pen and nibs in various thicknesses
It used only Daler Rowney FW Acrylic ink in Payne's grey on Fabriano Artistico HP paper. This hot press paper is my favourite to use as it is so smooth and also absorbant and is great for detailed drawings and paintings alike!
I used the dipping pen just to do the outline and some of the textures, but none of the shading. The drawing looks fairly flat at this point.
Once the outline was completed and the pencil marks erased, I started to use brushes to build up the shading and really bring the drawing to life. as i was only using one colour, I got the various shades by thinning down with water. For the sky I used the 'wet on wet' technique.
I had to be very careful to make the tones in the background not too strong. The only disadvantage to using acrylic in is that if your colour is too strong, it cannot be removed! It is best to be cautious and build up the tones very slowly to avoid making mistakes.
With the addition of light and shade, the drawing really starts to come to life!
Finally I was finished. I was pleased with the dramatic clouds and the way that the composition drew the viewer in.
This drawing is in the Lander Gallery, Truro's Open Exhibition, 17/03/16 - 16/04/16
Prints or the original are available from this website.