I was downtown Sunday, waiting for the Festivale de Nouvelle France events to spool up. I was sitting in the courtyard in front of the Trinity Anglican Church and from there I could see this view of the back of large government building. I think it’s the finance building. I decided to sketch it.
I took a somewhat different approach, experimenting a bit. I spent more time with a pencil, adding more than just layout lines. I used my typical 3H pencil, but from these light lines, I laid in light color washes before I added any ink to the sketch. This allowed me, or so I think, to use a lighter hand with the ink lines, which I followed up with more watercolor. I think, if I knew anything about watercolors, this would be a good approach. I know it works well for many other sketchers and I’ll continue to pursue it.
I did it in my Stillman & Birn Zeta (5×8) sketchbook, with a Pilot Prera and Noodler’s Lexington Gray ink.