Sketch in watercolor, a cabin in a garden

This week, i’m showing you how i sketch in my watercolor sketchbook. Drawing and painting sketches in a sketchbook has helped me a lot and i’ve learned so much with it. I think that it’s a step that we avoid often. But having a creative habit on a regular basis is the best way to improve.

Reference picture - a cabin in a communal garden

As you can see on the reference image on the left, it wasn’t a good day ! Very gloomy and dark (and i’ve modified the picture and add lots of luminosity…). But when sketching i’m totally free to modify anything i want ! And i can match my sketch with the memory i have from the scene. So i’ve tried to keep the grey sky but i’m adding light in the rest of the picture. And i also choose to crop the picture in order to have a better look at my focal point : the cabin. 

A piece of contexte. This picture has been taken in some communal gardens (here we are in Stockholm and the busy city is just 300m away from where i stood). This are parcels of land that the inhabitants can rent in order to cultivate some vegetables. Every parcel has a “tiny” cabin in this scandinavian style and almost every cabin has a different color than the others. During fall there’s lots of cabbages, dahlias, fruit trees and a large variety of plants… But i’ve heard that it’s even more pretty during spring ! 

A watercolor sketch in video

A Sketch in watercolor - ENGLISH VERSION

Brushes : Raphaël le « 803 » nº2, Lamy Safari. 
Paper : Handmade watercolor sketchbook with Saunders Waterford paper in 190g/m2 cold pressed 
Colors : Viridian (Schmincke), Quinacridone gold (Daniel Smith), Scarlet lake (Winsor & Newton), Neutral tint (Winsor & Newton), Ultramarine blue (Daniel Smith), Burnt sienna (Schmincke).

And here you have the final result (click to enlarge) :

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