Transitions between shapes as well as combining detail shapes into larger masses can be accomplished by using clusters of cool colors and/or clusters of warm colors in similar values.
Oli’s blouse, the glass of beer and the table work together as one larger shape, separating the red background from the yellow shape of Oli’s arm. The separation by the clustered cool shapes allows the yellow shape to set up a movement between near distance and far distance. The watercolor sketch is grounded by the darks of the chair and the table, allowing your eye to bounce around and enjoy the variety of ink lines that define each object.
Ink and Watercolor sketch drawn during the Tuesday Night, Todd Wolfe blues jam at Larry Holmes Ringside Restaurant in Easton, PA on August 2, 2011. Drawn first with black ink using a dip pen, followed by watercolor washes.