Thought u might like to see one in progress. I frequently take pics of my work as I go to check on values.
I also sometimes change the photo to black and white to check the values. I, like most people, usually need more darks to make the lights pop.
This is what I used to lift some of the color. It’s an architect erasure shield and an old hog bristle paint brush of my dads. I did get a little carried away scrubbing the darks. Then I blotted them with Kleenex.
U can see that I taped down the paper.
This is some Stonehenge that I ripped the wrong size for a sketchbook. Stonehenge does well with watercolor. All my people strips are made from Stonehenge or Strathmore Mixed Media 500 paper.
I added another wash of cerulean to darken the sky and make the very light house pop. Adding more darks under the porch roof and too all the rails and steps also made it pop more. Then I splattered it with Inathradone blue and burnt umber.
Contrast makes it pop. Not enough darks and it will be bland!!
Thanks for reading.