This is the final doodlewash of my virtual tour of France. I sketched this yesterday for the final sketch in the #DrawingAugust challenge I was participating in on Twitter. It’s actually a bit sad to see this journey end, but it was a tough challenge to create a full ink sketch each day versus simply a single quick pencil drawing and doodlewash.
For this one, I used a photo I had taken in Paris on yet another rainy day. The rain had actually stopped at this point, but you never know when it will be back so people usually just keep holding their umbrellas up.
I also tried some new colors – Davy’s Gray and Neutral Tint (the latter my first M. Graham tube recommended by Edvin). I had no idea how to create wet pavement reflections, so I just sort of opted out on trying them. Beyond the neutral colors, I used Quinacridone Gold, French Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Alizarin Crimson, Naples Yellow, and Cobalt Turquoise.
Even though there was a typically French brasserie across the street, I was actually sitting inside a Starbucks for this shot. Philippe said the brasseries were for old people, which made me feel young, and judging from the clientele, he was right. It was our first time in Paris together, and very close to the end of the visit, so this was a special scene for me.
This month of virtual touring has been fun and I really hope you’ve enjoyed the ride! More touring to come and more locations to visit, so stay tuned! Thanks so much to all of you who have travelled with me! And although it’s sad to leave this particular little virtual tour, I take comfort in knowing that one day soon I’ll be back in France, sketchbook in hand, and watercolors at the ready, reporting to you live in doodlewashes! But for now, au revoir et merci!