I thought my morning sketch of a potted succulent plant was acceptable … until I scanned it and saw that my darkest values didn’t work to create movement through the sketch. Instead, they worked like anchors, holding the eye in one area without due cause.
No big deal. Hah! What have I learned if I don’t try to something … anything … to resolve the situation. Stage Two – add more darks to keep the eye moving around the leaves, spiraling up and down, dancing through the plant. Okay … much better. Hmmm. What if I add a punch of color? It’s just a sketchbook drawing. Can’t I learn one more thing from it? Of course I can. I add yellow … not sure I like it, but at least I know what would happen if I added yellow to the cell behind the succulent plant. That might be useful knowledge at a later date. I wish I had added a pale blue violet instead … maybe I’ll try that the next time.
Morning sketch: drawn first in ink, followed by watercolor.