This is the beautiful village of Staithes, just one of the many beautiful little villages we have on the North East, as you can see from the first image, I have a very simple outline drawing, followed by my skywash. For this I pre wet my entire sky area using my large 1.5” wash brush then a little bit of yellow ochre in the bottom of the sky followed by cobalt blue from the top all the way through. Simply wash out my brush squeeze out and take out some clouds.
Now into my cobalt blue, I dropped a tiny touch of alizarin crimson and put in some cloud shadow.
Once the skywash had dried its time for the headland coming out, it looks rather complex, but it was all done very quickly while it was still wet. I pre wet the headland area using my ¾” wash brush. For the rocky bits first, I dropped in some very weak yellow ochre, followed by a touch of raw umber and then a pin head of light red. Let all of these colours spread around. Then again whilst still wet I put some yellow ochre in the grassy areas followed by yellow ochre and hookers green mixed, again let all these colour merge together and then let it dry.
Its time for the shadow colour which is cobalt blue alizarin crimson and burnt sienna. Mainly cast a shadow where the grass meets the rocky bits and then spread it downwards slightly with a damp brush.
You will notice at this stage that I have masked off the little people on the rocks. This was just masking fluid that has a touch of blue in it to show you where you have put it. For the buildings I blocked them all in first of all firstly with raw umber mixed with the Charles Evans Sand for the right hand building. Then Charles Evans Sand mixed with a tiny touch of burnt sienna for the other two buildings. Notice that I have left the side of the middle building white. In reality it is white which is just perfect for casting a shadow.The roofs on the buildings were don’t with burnt sienna and the darker ones are burnt sienna with a touch of raw umber in All of this was done with my No 8 round brush.Still with the same brush, I painted in the windows using a mixture of cobalt blue with a tiny touch of burnt sienna. Notice I have left some white edges around the window frames.
Here and there put the dreaded shadow mix again but again think about what is casting shadow on what, like one bit of wall casts a shadow on the bit of wall next to it.
Now its looks like I’ve done a big bit here, that’s because I have. Firstly I did the people, rub off the masking fluid with your finger, now paint them in with your No 3 rigger. To be honest, you can paint them any colour you want, it depends on what colour clothing you want them to be wearing. But for any flesh tone the easiest was to get flesh is Charles Evans Sand with a tiny touch of light red.
For that big clump of rocks in the middle distance, whilst all of these colours are still wet I simply scraped in the shapes with my credit card. The best card for this of course is the Northern Rock card.