Château Comtal de Carcassone

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!

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  1. Jill Kuhn 7 years ago

    Looks awesome too me! I especially like your cobblestones! 😊

    • Author

      Thanks so much Jill!! The cobblestones kind of worried me as I wasn’t sure what to do with them at first. Glad you like them!!

  2. davidtripp 7 years ago

    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.

    • Author

      Wow! That’s a wonderful compliment David! Strathmore…are you listening?!! Hehe… thank you SO much!! Actually…how do they choose those illustrations for tablets? I would totally buy one if I saw one of yours on it!! 😉

      • davidtripp 7 years ago

        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.

  3. Nicola 7 years ago

    Brilliant composition and I really like the balance of colours

  4. Jacob 7 years ago

    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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