Sketch No 7 from the Miles Historical Village is the Vintage Case Tractor, it was very hard to sketch because of the pillars always blocking parts of the tractor out. I must say that this was probably the best transformation from watercolour to final image and my favourite sketch so far.
I knew right from the start that this sketch was going to be difficult with all the wheel treads and spokes.
Once again I probably added too much detail in the pen stage but it’s hard to change your drawing style.
I really let loose with the colour palette on this one, I think I was finally starting to lose up and experiment more with colour.
I even got some good splashes on the paper this time and not my computer screen of jeans.
This sketch definitely had much more tone and use of the Tombo brush pens. I really wanted to make it more contrasty with adding lots of black.
I think one of the best parts was adding all the junk on the floor. As you can see I added more than was really there.
I added my signature CHRIS to the painting which usually means I’m finished but after looking at the painting a little more I realised it needed more work.
Once I remembered that the Tombo brush pens were water soluble I could lift some of the colour off. I did this with a wet paper towel on the headlight on the left.
This seemed to give the tractor a bit more character and personality now it had eyes.
I also extended the floor on the left which seemed to balance the painting a little more and I also got to add more junk.
Sometimes it’s hard to sell your artwork if you develop a special bond with them. I’m not sure what it is, this painting just speaks to me.
It’s not that I’ve spent a week painting it because it was a relatively quick sketch and painting. maybe its once I saw the lights as eyes or could be just the colour, I’m not sure yet.
Anyway I’m making this artwork into 50 greeting cards so hopefully that will give plenty of joy to other people as well.
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 www.ChrisOsborneAdventures.wordpress.com
Enjoy, Chris Osborne
Beautiful work Chris. The rustic feel, the character… it makes you want to climb up into the seat and have a pretend ride.
Thanks Sandra. This is my favourite one I love the colour and it’s eyes.
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