View From Our Campsite

View From Our Campsite by Sarah Sullivan

View From Our Campsite

All week I have been enjoying the view of the forest and road from our campsite. While not as spectacular as the meadow, I love the way the trees disappear into the dark green of the forest and decided it was time to sketch it. 

I drew using a combination of contour and gesture drawing styles with a bold Unibal- Signo gel pen that is responsive to pressure and water fast after it dries. For color I began with transparent watercolor and then when it came time to add the darker values, I switched to gouache. I often have trouble going dark enough and the opacity of the gouache helped me out. Combining the two types of watercolor felt very natural and I may explore using them together more in the coming weeks.  

I sketched in a 9 X 12 inch Canson mix media sketchbook.

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