General Store

The Story Behind the Urban Sketching

Number 4 sketch of the general store from Miles Historical Village and Museum which is also part of their logo. I will have to learn which of the building are replicas and which are the original buildings that have been re located to the village.

My Sketching and Painting Process

I wasn’t till after I’d sketch this building that I discovered I had a better image take at a slightly different angle displaying the phone box more clearly.

Anyway here is the pencil sketch that I made of the general store, gas pump and phone box.

I still haven’t gotten adventurous enough with my proportions and exaggerated perspective yet, I’m guessing this will come with experience.

I guess it’s years of trying to sketch everything correctly that I’m finding hard to brake away from.

The watercolour stage always looks a little child like to me and I wonder if the painting is going to turn out reasonable. In this example I thought the roof was very average but the next few stages really changed my mine.

Out of the whole building I really like the roof the most because of the transformation from the watercolour to adding the Tombo brush pens. This totally changed the look once I added shadows in the corrugated sheets of iron, then the fine liners to add the details of each sheet and the roofing screws.

The bike also brought back fun memories when I was a kid and my mates dad Les used to ride us around the local caravan park.

The best bit was riding over the hills sitting cross legged in his tray.

It was always scary when Les would ride towards the caravans because the front wheel would turn but the tray remained straight so you thought you were about to crash into a van.

Do you have childhood memories of bikes or the general store ?

Watercolour Paint, Ink & Paper

I use Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolour on Arches France Watercolour Paper, 300g Hot Pressed.

Tombo Brush Pens N15, N45, N55, N60, N65, N95 and Faber Castell Fine-liners 0.05, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7

My painting come from my own experiences that I have photographed while traveling. By reading this blog, you as a viewer can now hear The Story Behind the Painting. Where, when, what was happening while I was photographing the wildlife.
If you want more details about my adventures checkout my travel blog website 

Enjoy, Chris Osborne

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