Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Preparing for China series / work

I spent yesterday afternoon doing a range of background washes etc. in my sketchbook. I hope that they will prompt an exciting dynamic with what goes on top! This stage is always fun!

The colours in these first three remind me of the grey hutong buildings in Beijing with lanterns and scripts / banners outside, of the temples and of the Forbidden City. The paints are metallic - watercolour and acrylic.

These next monochrome ones are gouache washes, dabbed with scrunched tissue. Occasionally the 'dabs' look like Chinese characters - which I would love to incorporate but would have no idea what was being said.

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