5x7 inches, pen and ink, watercolor wash, for Monthly Sketch Project
I'm still evaluating which online challenge sites appeal to me most. I'm asking myself how appealing and easy to use the reference photos are (if that is the format of that particular challenge) how long I have to complete the project, how easy it is to post, and how much feedback I get from other people who choose to participate there.
Even though the trees in my yard are just budding out, this reference photo was of an autumn scene. I considered making my response into a painting, but in the end decided if the site says "sketch project," then I would try a sketch. I probably spent an hour and a half on it, and liked it better before I added color. The original reference photo was pretty, and offered some possibilities for learning to simplify shapes and deal with shadows, both good things. Unfortunately, the resolution of the photo was low, so there was more inventing going on in this sketch than I really wanted. At least that's the excuse I'm going with for my slap-dash approach to the drawing. Still, it's good practice to be forced into invention, and I don't always have to slave over everything I produce. I still may go back and add darker values to the tree trunks.