Yesterday I attended a watercolor demonstration and paint out. As we ended, the artist critiqued the paintings that attendees made. During the critique I drew 2 sketches of this scene with simple pastel lines on black paper. Today I added color.
My major deliberate sketch focus for some time has been, how do I use flat gouache color, big shapes and black paper to convey what I am thinking. More narrowly, today I thought about how much black paper should be left showing in a sketch. In the first sketch above I think I overdid the paint. It was a stronger sketch when more of the figures were left with unpainted black paper. But did I leave too much unpainted in the second? Figuring out the balance of paper and paint will be my focus this week.
These are gouache and pastel sketches on black paper.