Château Comtal de Carcassone

This doodlewash is of another place I’ve never visited, but looked cool from the many views I researched for this sketch. It’s the Château Comtal in Carcassone, France which is a large, restored 12th-century hilltop castle in a renowned, medieval walled city.

I really liked the cobblestone street, so I tried to doodle lots of little ovals in the original sketch. I decided to treat the little ovals to pieces of Quinacridone Gold, Burnt Sienna, and French Ultramarine Blue in various washes. It was quick and not too terribly exact, but I think it achieved the cobblestone effect I was liking so well from the actual place.

The burnt grass of summer turned out a little more golden than I had hoped, as it’s sort of a scene stealer in the composition. But with the browns of the castle and walls, it was nice to have some pop of color. I added a little purple to the sky this time, and probably should have wetted a brush to soften the edges there, but I was done doodlewashing, so I stopped, and this is the result!

Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

10 replies on “Château Comtal de Carcassone

  1. I really love the compositional angles of this and the freshness of color. It is worthy of being an illustration on the color of a watercolor tablet, and I say that as a compliment. Every once in awhile, I feel that way about something I watercolor sketched, and feel very pleased when it happens.


      1. Well, thank you for that compliment. I haven’t explored that, but a few years ago, I saw that you could submit images to Prismacolor for them to post on their website. There is a process.

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  2. Beautiful stuff, Charlie – as indeed I should say about much of what I’ve seen here in the couple of minutes since I found you. So charming, and the colours leave it bursting with character!

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