November 24, 2017 at 3:11 pm
Usually when I’m painting a roof of a house I can get quite a reasonable effect with a combination of dry -brush, varying colours on the paper and perhaps a bit of pen work. However, I’m in the process of painting an old house in Bruges, Belgium which has very interesting tiles which I would like to bring out properly, yet without overworking. Here is a small section of the roof:
It seems overkill to outline each tile but I would like to indicate that the tiles are more than the usual straight rows.
Any ideas anyone please?
Thanks in anticipation, TomNovember 24, 2017 at 7:17 pm
You could treat them like many people treat brick buildings. Just do a few small sections in detail. They look awesome! I hope you share your trials as well as what you settle on.November 24, 2017 at 7:26 pm
I have to admit that I’ve never tried something like this, and I’m not sure what I would do, but a trick I have when I’m not sure is to run the photo through Photoshop filters. It simplifies the detail in different ways and sometimes helps me decide which details I want to keep or emphasize.
I did this with your photo. Not sure if it will help you, but I figured it wouldn’t hurt.November 25, 2017 at 2:06 am
Thanks for that Sandra – the first one is particularly useful. I’ve also looked in one of my favourite books – by Wil Freeborn (How to Paint Watercolour with 50 small paintings) and he tends to draw the tile outlines in pencil – which makes a much less prominent than a pen. I think I’m going to do something like your first filter but in pencil and see how that turns out. I’ll post the result here when I’ve finished it – hopefully in a couple of days.November 25, 2017 at 2:07 am
Thanks Julia – I think something along those linesNovember 25, 2017 at 11:12 am
I look forward to seeing what you come up with! I’ll have to look up that book too.November 25, 2017 at 2:49 pm
Well, I didn’t make too good a job of it. I used a sepia pen but should have made more variety in the lines. Never mind, here it is. Onwards and upwards as they say . . .
Its a house in Bruges, Belgium, with a man in traditional Flemish dressNovember 25, 2017 at 3:29 pm
How charming! I think the detail in the roof is proportionate for the painting as a whole. If you had put much more emphasis on it, it would have messed up the sense of distance.AnonymousNovember 25, 2017 at 3:39 pm
It’s fine Tom. If you really want to tweak you could add a few splodges of a darker tone of brown to the tile colour. But it really is fine as is.November 25, 2017 at 5:57 pm
Thanks Sandra. I think I’ll leave it as it is now.November 25, 2017 at 5:58 pm
Thanks very much Rod!November 25, 2017 at 10:03 pm
I thought you did a very good job of it! Nice work and cute subject!
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