In honor of my enrollment into the Scotland/Ireland trip in 2018, I decided to go bold with today’s sketch. Modeled after a painting posted here: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=306900 I did an Irish cottage.
Yes, I did start with penciling the basics, then filled in the details with pen.
Yes, I did do actual perspective. Sort of. I couldn’t figure out what the horizon points were on the original, but I did use a ruler and protractor to match the angles. It’s better than eyeballing it, anyway.
Were I to do it again, I’d make sure those bushes weren’t just swirly scribbles. And the “bricks” on the sides of the main part of the house look odd. I didn’t like the big open space of the lawn, so I added grass clumps, and I’m not totally happy with them. Plus, I neglected to do the same on the land and hill outside the wall. I also wish that I could successfully do stone – that would make a big improvement on the stone wall that doesn’t look like stone right now.
This was a nice opportunity to use a variety of pen widths…and to use them in different ways. I used all five of my pens, and I’d like to point out that this particular sketchbook (what I’m using all week) is only 3in x 5in.
It’s the one place on earth
That Heaven has kissed
With melody, mirth
And meadow and mist.
–from a book of Irish Blessings