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Wet on Dry Techniques by kelogsloops

Something I wanted to try with watercolors for some time now - a night scene. Tokyo is a strange place - there are a lot of empty but brightly lit streets at night and the sky is never perfectly black because of the city lights. Especially the clouds get really highlighted by the glare from the city.

Instead of going for the obvious - cool looking, new built high rise offices I just took a photo while doing some late night shopping and used this as a reference for this painting. I wanted to paint some of the lonely night streets.

I like this idea and how the picture turned out so I’m thinking about making a series of this.

Technical stuff:  

  • Medium: HOLBEIN Waterford natural 300g/m cotton paper
  • Sketch: Mitsu-bishi Hi-Uni pencil grade HB
  • Line: COPIC Multiliner SP 0.5mm
  • Colours: my main 48 colour Schmincke set

ずっと水彩で試してみたかった夜の風景を描きました。東京は不思議な街で、誰もいない場所でも、いつも明るいです。 街のあかりが空にも反射していて、特に雲は街の光を受けて奇妙な明るさになっています。

そして真新しい高層ビルではなく、深夜にちょっと買い物へ行く時に横切るような雑居ビルを描きたくなりました。 一人で歩くと、すこしこわいかもしれません。;)

出来上がった絵が気に入ったので、これをシリーズにしようかと思っています。

ツール詳細

  • 紙: ウォーターフォード水彩紙 ナチュラルホワイト 300g 
  • 下描き: HB Mitsu-bishi Hi-Uni 鉛筆
  • 線画: コピック マルチライナーSP 0.5
  • 着色: 48色のシュミンケ水彩セット

A watercolour illustration for a book called 「名建築の空想イラスト図鑑」(Famous Architecture Daydream Illustrations) featuring 20 illustrators painting famous, but no longer existing architecture marvels.


I painted a wooden fire station that was located in Aomori prefecture, build in 1920 inspired by Russian architecture, and demolished in 1982. Using old photos and plans as references I tried to depict the building and a fresh, late spring day using bright, saturated colours while staying true to the original building’s shape, details and colours.


20人のイラストレーターの作品をフィーチャーしている「名建築の空想イラスト図鑑」のために描いた水彩イラストです。

僕が担当したのはもともと青森県にあった木材建築の「八戸荒町消防屯所」です。ロシア正教の屋根に影響されたデザインの建物でしたが1982年に取り壊されたため、今残っている古い写真や間取りを参考に本物へ近づけるよう想像して描きました。

Technical details:

  • Lines: mitsu-bishi pencils from HB to 8B
  • Colors: Shmincke and Winsor and Newton watercolours

  • Paper:  300g/㎡ Holbein SAUNDERS cold press F4 size

技術的詳細 

  • 線画 ー MITSU-BISHI HB〜8B
  • 鉛筆色 ー SCHMINCKE と WINSOR AND NEWTON

  • 水彩紙 ー 300g/㎡ Holbein  ナチュラル   水彩紙 中性紙   中目


Book details:

Tittle: 「名建築の空想イラスト図鑑」

Publisher: X-Knowledge エクスナレッジ

Language: Japanese 日本語

ISBN-10: 476782298X ISBN-13: 978-4767822983

Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.2 x 0.7 inches

Amazon jp link: https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/476782298X

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Now i also have some big (DIN A1) and strong paper sheets of my watercolor pattern-designs in my shop. For wrapping big or small gifts, covering books, crafting, scrapbooking or just to put it as a poster on your wall. They come in a double set of two different sheets.

https://www.etsy.com/de/listing/506966381/iraville-papier-set-2-robuste-din-a1?ref=shop_home_feat_2 

Unfortunately, while the cherries were in bloom in Tokyo either I was busy, or it was raining so I could not paint outside. I took some photos of the sakura near my house to paint later and this is the result.

This painting was done on a watercolour paper sample we got while shopping in Sekaido art supplies store in Shinjuku. I wanted to try something a little bit different than usual: I first did a pencil sketch, then painted the picture using my Schmincke watercolours. When I was done with the colours the pencil lines where almost invisible so to add details and depth I used some white opaque paint and Conté pencil charcoal

PS. I was pleased with the quality of the CANSON paper. It matched my style of painting quite well and put up with the masking tape, paints, pencil and charcoal very well.

Technical stuff:

  • Medium: CANSON Heritage 300g/m cold pressed cotton paper
  • Sketch:  Mitsu-bishi Hi-Uni pencil 2B
  • Colours: My Schmincke 48 colors watercolours set
  • Black lines: Conté à paris PIERRE NOIRE B and 3B

今年は桜を外で描けなくて残念でしたが、近所にある神田川の桜を撮って参考に描きました。

このまえ新宿の世界堂で水彩の買い物をしたらCANSON HERITAGE水彩紙のサンプルをもらえたので、試しとしていつもとちょっと違う描き方で桜を描いてみました。最初の鉛筆線画をスキャンせず、そのまま水彩を塗って、最終的に白い不透明な絵の具とピエール ノアール鉛筆ででティールを増やしてます。これでちょっと奥行き感を作って、絵がまとまりました。

PS:試した水彩紙よかったです

ツール詳細 

  • 紙:CANSON Heritage 中目 水彩紙 300g  
  • 下描き Mitsu-bishi Hi-Uni 鉛筆  2B 
  • 着色:48色のシュミンケ水彩セット 
  • 黒線:コンテ・ア・パリ  ピエール ノアール鉛筆 (硬度:Bと3B)
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painting some random cacti and plants without predrawing directly on paper. its so relaxing!!!


EDIT: new prints in my etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Iraville