Looking up a steep slope past an old yew tree, deep in the mossy/rocky woods below Bath University (Alex and Jim know the spot); followed by the boots that carried me there. The tree sketch line work was done on site, shade and colour were mostly added at home, and both sketches were drawn with Kuretake #8 brush pens, loaded with waterproof brown and grey inks. I used the Sakura white pen (used in the recent skull sketches) for the sky details behind the trees. Below are previous sketches of trees and boots.
Noodlers Lexington grey and Brown 41 in Kuretake #8 brush-pen, dilute Lexington in water-brush, Sakura white pen, water-colour, A5 – 40 and 30 mins each
Most excellent boskiness Sir!
Those woods look inviting but a bit wild also. And is there a hidden wooden cross in the right foreground as well to suggest a hermit hiding within (or is that just me)?
Ta! The twigs were there, and they had fallen and landed as a cross. But I didn’t have time to draw all the other twigs and the random shapes they’d made that weren’t crosses… If there was a hermit there she was well hidden!
Are you never going to stop improving your style? Take a long hot bath, read the paper for a few days! Read it again, take two baths … Alex is right, there’s a crucifix on the ground …
Too kind Stuart, but the bath is an excellent idea. Any natural hot-springs on Lanzarote?
Not sure, but we certainly had a jacousie in the the hotel room … and sauna in the wellness area … but now we’re back in freezing cold Germany, brrrr!
That Noodler’s Brown 41 is a good match for the yew tree bark, and the Gray works well for the shadows. You’ve even put in one of those ferny things (hart’s tongue fern — I looked it up). It took me ages to work out when drawing branches that some of those dog-legs are due to foreshortening of a coiling branch, not a sudden bend.
…Could be a set-square. Maybe a carpenter hermit?
Thanks Jim, the Brown was spot on, which was nice. I’ll spend longer sketching next time we’re there, some excellent old trees with coiling branches a’plenty. Maybe the cross was dropped by a vampire hunter?