This is another InkTober sketch. I love it and thought I would share how it came about.
My first thought was to just sketch elements of a fall day with ink. This is different from sketching with pencil that you can erase, this is more immediate. Like life you make choices and live with them.
I started with the wall, pumpkin and leaf, then wanted a wrought iron gate. Don't you love an iron gate?
I colored it in with my prisma-color pencils. I used metallic silver for the rocks, then black squiggled on top to give the impression of shadows. To do a quick color wash of grass I used two shades of green held together on their sides and quickly gave the sense of lawn. A bit of blue shaded in to reflect the sky. The pumpkin and leave have many shades one on top of the other to make more complex blends.
It needed a tree, love a tree...
The tree was again roughly sketched in directly with light brown pencil, then more shadows with dark brown, and then black. My goal is to not over work it, just allow color and line to work together on the page.
Next the patch was added, and a line behind for depth, which looks like a lake to me.
Things seem to just show up! The gate needed a little finial, so I colored in a moon, the gate done with navy blue and black pencils. A few shadows from the gate rungs, and at the base of the wall and pumpkin add depth too.
but the wall is all wrong overlapping the gate now! uh oh! Done in pen! Oh, no worries! the same black and blue pencils to the rescue
I have learned with each drawing. I love the shimmer on the water from darkening the color in sections. Now I know how to leave uncolored areas as highlight.
I love this little sketch, but my very favorite part is the moon finial.