Practicing my car drawing skills. I found this beautiful old Mini parked near where we live, and enjoyed some intense autumn sun while drawing it.

27 x 21,5 cm, sepia PITT Artist pen and watercolours on Stillman & Birn Alpha series sketchbook spread.

5 Responses to “Mini”

  1. The sepia pen is perfect on this lovely car! (Cars are one of my many sketching nemeses, but so unavoidable in the urban landscape).

    - Tina

  2. Jeanne says:

    Outstanding car sketch. Sepia is perfect here.

  3. isa says:

    C’est tellement difficile de dessiner des voitures, quand on veut qu’elles soient ressemblantes ! Jolies couleurs :)

  4. Erik says:

    It seems you often use blue as the shadow color for objects in sunlight. It seems to work effectively as a “cooler” color. The object in the sun is the “warmer color”. Is that a fair analysis?

    I like the car (it looks cheerful).

  5. Tina: I know, they are hard! But there is a huge difference in concentrating on one beautiful car and trying to draw for example parked cars along a street. That is my sketching nemesis…
    Jeanne: thanks! I was in a bit of a hurry, and didn´t bother to try to get the colours right. Sepia worked, I think. :)
    Isa: Oui, c´est vraiment difficile. Mais amusant. :)
    Erik (sorry for not answering sooner): I´d say that is a pretty good analysis. I´m thinking complementary colours here – sunlight is usually yellow and warm, so I go for something blue-violet to make the shadow the opposite of the light. I also sometimes try to mix a little of the complementary colour of the actual object into that shadow colour to make it stand off more from the object itself. See for example in the Volvo Duett post from October 21st. No yellow sun on that day, so made the shadow a bit greenish blue.

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