This Is The Back Of The Building?

I was downtown Sunday, waiting for the Festivale de Nouvelle France events to spool up.  I was sitting in the courtyard in front of the Trinity Anglican Church and from there I could see this view of the back of large government building.  I think it’s the finance building.  I decided to sketch it.

I took a somewhat different approach, experimenting a bit.  I spent more time with a pencil, adding more than just layout lines.  I used my typical 3H pencil, but from these light lines, I laid in light color washes before I added any ink to the sketch.  This allowed me, or so I think, to use a lighter hand with the ink lines, which I followed up with more watercolor.  I think, if I knew anything about watercolors, this would be a good approach.  I know it works well for many other sketchers and I’ll continue to pursue it.

I did it in my Stillman & Birn Zeta (5×8) sketchbook, with a Pilot Prera and Noodler’s Lexington Gray ink.


4 thoughts on “This Is The Back Of The Building?

  1. Actually the sun was out…but this is Quebec City and the morning sun is so low in the sky that the entire back of the building was in shade, and thus not much in the way of shadows was to be found. I sometimes think I should add fake contrasts but I’m not enough invested in watercolors to do so 🙂

    Cheers — Larry

  2. I really like this sketch. It seems to have a little more depth. As always, your lines, to me, are precise.

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