Red Phone Light and Post

The Story Behind the Urban Sketching

As I always try and challenge myself a little, I thought would try sketching 3 artworks together using the same colour pallet. The result was rather interesting because I always finish an artwork completely before moving onto another artwork. The theme I gave myself was any object that was red.

Red Telephone box was located at Miles Historical Village, Australia.

Red and white lighthouse located at Grassy Hill Cooktown, Australia.

Red Double Royal Mail Box located at Doncaster, England.

Phone Box outside the General Store Miles Historical Village.

My Sketching and Painting Process

Quick pencil sketch of all three objects, these were secured with frog masking tape.

Using a 0.05 fine liner I outlined each artwork to get some more detail and rubbed out the pencil lines.

Working quickly, I placed down some red, grey and green watercolour paint. I must say that I’m finally starting to like watercolour and maybe even more than my gouache now.

Once the watercolour paint was dry I started with the Tombo brush pens to add a little more tone.

I like the lighthouse so much that I may even create a lighthouse collection as I’ve probably photographed a dozen over the years.

After the brush pens I start adding even more detail with the black fine liners. These sketches are about the size of a postcard so I couldn’t add too much detail in a small area.

I thought that all the images needed that extra little bit of a boost, so I added some more red watercolour.

Telephone Box – Miles Historical Village
Grassy Hill Lighthouse – Cooktown
Royal MailBox – Doncaster

Artworks in market frames

Watercolour Paint, Ink & Paper

I use Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolour on Arches France or Fabriano 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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