Some Street In France

Some Street In France

Tried to doodlewash a quick and crazy sketch I did for #DrawingAugust. I say quick and crazy because I decided to just try to go quickly and not focus on the perspective so much in the initial sketch. I didn’t actually care for the sketch much so I just attacked it with watercolor to see what would happen. This is what happened.

Not sure how I feel about his one. It’s certainly very different than the other doodlewashes I’ve made recently and I apparently decided to use just about every color in my palette. I used a few different references and changed quite a bit of the color from the main reference photo, so the only thing I’m sure of is that we’re still in France.

Still trying to figure out how to handle complex street scenes, and don’t think I’m close to developing a definitive style. At this point, I’m just trying a lot of different things to see what happens next. If there’s something I rather like, I’ll keep that idea or style for the next doodlewash. If there’s something I hate, I’ll ditch it and try something different the next time. I’ve always wanted to develop a signature style, but for now, I’ll just wrecklessly and happily doodlewash some street in France.

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11 Comments
  1. I like it. And I like the colorful aspect also. To me, with the pen lines in the way you’ve drawn them here, it all works as a whole. Enjoyed!

  2. kirkistan 2 years ago

    I like this very much. I like all the detail and the different surfaces. I also like the lone soul walking up the street. She and her shadow. Great image.

    • Author

      Thanks Kirk!! So glad you like it. The figure was sort of a black hole at first from the sketch. I had to add a little white gouache to get her to show up better. 😉

      • kirkistan 2 years ago

        Maybe I need to learn what “white gouache” is and how to use it. I’ve rarely added white to anything.

      • Author

        It’s something watercolor purists often avoid…hehe…but hacks like me use to save me from myself. 😉 It’s essentially opaque white watercolor paint, that can be used to add back in to add highlights in dark areas where the paper white has been covered.

  3. beverlydyer 2 years ago

    I think it’s fab!

  4. ramida78 2 years ago

    Hope I can sketch like this one day <3

    • Author

      You can! And I bet even better than this! 😉 Your paintings are beautiful!!!

      • ramida78 2 years ago

        Aw thank you. If I want to try guest doodlewash, would you be interested?
        I’ve never done this, so just wanna ask first before starting anything haha.
        No pressure!

      • Author

        I would absolutely be interested!! Always on the lookout for fellow doodlewashers! Just send me a note via my Let’s Connect link and I can give you the details on what I need for a post! 😃

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