Decided to try a more limited palette for this doodlewash of La Basilique du Sacré-Cœur in the Montmartre neighborhood in Paris. I also wanted to try something at dusk rather than my typical midday sky. This started as another sketch for the #DrawingAugust challenge I’m trying on Twitter. It’s Day 13! Almost half way through! I’ve never sketched this much before, and it feels like I’m improving, but I’m too close to it to tell.
I was going to choose just 3 colors, Quinacridone Gold, Alazarin Red, & Cobalt Turquoise, but then ended up using a bit of Cobalt Blue for the shadows. The Cobalt Turquoise is a great color, but it’s a little too bright for a shadow blue. The biggest challenge on this piece happened right when I started. I wet the paper for the sky and apparently got it too wet as the ink at the far right of the basilica ran a little. Actually I think it was an issue with the paper, but on the first attempt to blot, the ink smeared a touch.
Technically, the pigs I posted previously were a limited palette as well, but there wasn’t much of a range of color in that one. I like the effect of a limited palette because everything feels a bit more harmonious. I often grab for colors ad hoc without really thinking too much and doing it this way makes the color scheme feel a little less random and more like it was carefully chosen. It wasn’t really. After I chose the initial colors I went back to my usual random mixing frenzy.
This is definitely something I’ll try again. Mixing colors is something I’m still trying to learn. I’d love to hear your thoughts on how you choose colors for your palette, tips you have on mixing color, or anything at all really! Leave me a comment with your thoughts below!
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