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Sketching for pleasure

Part 4 Learn how to add colour to your sketches as Tony Underhill completes his series with a line-and-wash study of a colourful Georgian townhouse

Line and wash


¦ Observe first, draw second

¦ Big shapes then subdivide

¦ Adding colour for extra impact

Ihope you enjoyed using my Georgian town house photo (below left) to produce your own sketch and that some of my drawing and colour tips from earlier in this series proved helpful.

I wanted my sketch to say ‘colourful house in a Georgian terrace’and, as an exercise in sketching for pleasure, to achieve that as simply as possible. The way I cropped the photo from a wider view already helped, but I decided I didn’t need the burglar alarm, pavement plants or basement windows. The brightly painted walls were important, but not precise colour matches, and toning down the right-hand wall would stop it drawing attention away from the white windows on the blue house. Remembering to observe first and draw second, I identified the big shape of the blue house as two similarly sized squares, one above the other, with the top of the bay window about halfway up.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the December issue of Leisure Painter. As always, the issue is packed full of demonstrations and tutorials for you to follow, from watercolour, pen and wash and pastel to acrylics and oils. Liz Chaderton demonstrates how to add gold leaf to your paintings for that added wow factor and Julie King offers inspiration for this year's Christmas card. There are three quick practices to help you paint watercolour with more confidence and our cover artist, Shelly Perkins shares her unique methods of combining traditional and digital techniques in 'Pencils, Paint and Pixels'. Find out where some of the best exhibitions, art events and art club shows are running this month, books to read and so much more! Enjoy your month of painting with Leisure Painter.