Day 38: Still building

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Horse sketch (Photoshop)

Horse sketch (Photoshop)

The builders are still here so it’s probably a good time to get back to some digital work, especially as anything else is quite impractical at the moment. To be honest I could do some real sketching, i.e. with a pencil on paper, but digital is easier when you’re working as the sun is going down.

I’ve been reintroduced to hard labour today as the guys have finished demolishing, and I’ve spent the afternoon trying to get rid of all the brick dust. Well, the dust that’s settled so far. Three solid hours of cleaning has been a huge shock to the system and I think the house is the cleanest it’s been since we moved in!

So, it’s getting late now because after a quick shower at 7pm I needed food before any thought of art, so I’ve semi cheated…. this is a rough digital sketch I did some time ago, however I have worked on it further tonight to add definition and make it stand out more.

For years I’ve been trying to find a way of realistically reproducing watercolours in Photoshop and a few months ago I came across someone who has created a system to emulate them. Zoe Piel has worked out how to do this and then, generously, shared her technique here. This is the first time I’ve tried it out, all be it in a lightweight way, but I have very high hopes.