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Colonial Cottage

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Photo Details:
Camera Apple iPhone 4S
Exposure Time 1/140
F-Stop 2.4
ISO 50

Colonial Cottage, Victoria, Australia

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Mixed Media: Pen, Ink & Watercolor taught by Matt Rota

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Drawing
Type Collage/Mixed Media
Subject Landscape
Material Pen & Ink
Style Realist
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Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. I printed the original photo onto A4 paper and transferred the image to watercolour paper. I traced the image with pen and ink and completed the sketch using watercolour pencils and a brush to wash in the colour. I removed my brother-in-law and husband from the finished piece along with the large tree in the background, as I felt that this was beyond my capability to draw at this stage. This gorgeous cottage sits on my sister's farm in country Victoria, Australia.

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Is the piece for sale? No

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What are you most proud of? I managed to keep a steady hand while using the pen and ink and felt that I captured the colours of the building as closely to the original as possible.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Take time when using the pen and ink and mix the colours on a separate piece of paper before transferring to the original.

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I love how you simplified it :) I would just suggest not to be afraid to make a stronger contrast with shadowing its looks sort of one toned. Other than that it looks great

11/21/2013 Flag

Agreed. I might still darken up this end of the cottage to give a stronger contrast. Appreciate the comment! :)

11/21/2013 Flag