Sintra National palace

LisbonUp on the roof at 7am, sketching Sintra National Palace as the sun rose over the hills. I used a handy folding ruler to draw some pencil guidelines at the start to get the foreground rooflines right, and found that their vanishing point was on the distinctive Palace kitchen chimneys, “which was nice“. It was drawn on tinted paper, with white gouache for the highlights on the tops of walls etc. This didn’t work for the sky so I mixed a blue which looks a little strange… So here it is in monochrome below. Preferences?

Fountain pen with carbon ink, gouache, and Lexington grey ink in a water-brush, A4


About Ed Mostly

Enthusiastic daily sketcher based in Bath Uk
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6 Responses to Sintra National palace

  1. I prefer the first one. Interesting to have one splash of intense colour, but also I always prefer seeing a blue sky to a grey one! It does look a little odd, but in a good way, like hand-tinted photographs or technicolour postcards.

  2. 2Spools says:

    Ed, great to see you still turning out the sketches. They are so much stronger and if anything, they seem looser, more free. Really enjoy looking forward to seeing them.

    • Ed Mostly says:

      Many thanks. Glad the move back to NZ is going well, and enjoying your experiments with colour. And the ongoing theme of candid smoking photos! Ed

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