Created by: Marc Taro Holmes
Project

Steps on the NL Boathouse

Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. Someone has asked about the steps in this drawing of the boat house. Here's a recap of the stages: 1/2/3 - Line, Brush Pen, Color Washes. You can see I didn't bother to make the colors exactly match the reference. I don't imagine I wanted it so grey as the real scene - it's more fun with vibrant colors.

You Can Make This

Marc Taro Holmes made Steps on the NL Boathouse with:

Travel Sketching in Mixed Media

Online Class

Travel Sketching in Mixed Media

with Marc Taro Holmes

  • Mixed Media

Project Description

Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. Someone has asked about the steps in this drawing of the boat house. Here's a recap of the stages: 1/2/3 - Line, Brush Pen, Color Washes. You can see I didn't bother to make the colors exactly match the reference. I don't imagine I wanted it so grey as the real scene - it's more fun with vibrant colors.

Q&A with Marc Taro Holmes

TeresaWard asked:
As a beginner, it is very interesting to see the reference photo together with the finished article, but if I were to show my work outside the classroom I would not show the photo as it shatteres the illusion. It is great that you give examples like this. I like the vibrant colours my colouring is either too pail or muddy at the moment. Hey ho.
Marc Taro Holmes answered:
I know what you mean Teresa. I like to say: "Sketching is like poetry, and painting is like prose." That is - a sketch is not reality, it's a carefully constructed artificial world. If you put a poem next to a 300 page novel it suddenly looks small. Put the sketch next to a photo and it's like having a poetry reading next to the Imax theater. Hard to compete on the same level - but it's really a different thing entirely.