Accurate drawing and understanding tonal values: Killeenaran Quay, Co. Galway


This lesson is aimed at my class of students, who know this quay well and will have a chance to draw it from the very same angle as I’ve chosen here, should they so wish.

In this lesson I aim to illustrate how using the elements in your scene as grid points can help you make an accurate drawing. Of course in order to do this you must be able to “see” well; you must also obey a few rules, such as not making up any lines! Only draw what you see.

After showing you how to get a proportionally accurate drawing, I’m going to finish off by colouring the drawing with one colour only, in order to get you thinking about using different strengths of the same colour to suggest all kinds of subtleties of light. I’ve chosen Payne’s Grey for the simple reason that I love its quiet softness, even when it’s ladelled on (I actually used Mountain Blue in the sky, as it just felt wrong to paint such a beautiful blue sky in Payne’s Grey!)

Here is the final sketch I did of the quay at Killeenaran.


How did I turn a blank page into a drawing?


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