30 January 2016

Gloucester Hillside - Ann Hyde

I'll start things going with this painting of the Gloucester hillside
in 3 steps...

Step 1
The initial wash

Step 2
Adding more detail

and finally 
Detail and definition

28 January 2016

A Gloucestershire Hillside

Another new Reference Photo for you - I have added this to the album Reference Photo Archive, just beneath the header.

A Gloucestershire Hillside

Remember to scroll through the photos and find some inspiration. ....ann

24 January 2016

Brighton Boat - Cheryl Wright

My interpretation done with Faber Castell HB Aquarelle Graphite, Fils Watercolours, and woodless pencil on Strathmore 140lb watercolour journal. I found this frame on my phone and thought it was perfect for my sketch.

23 January 2016

17 January 2016

14 January 2016

New Reference Photo

Hi...there's a new Photo reference added today

If you would like to draw this busy scene - or even a part of it, then please do so.  I took this photo recently in Gloucester.  To add it here on the blog, just email me on


I will send you an Invite by email and you will then be able to join in here on the blog.


10 January 2016

Hop back time - Lighthouse - Ann Hyde

As I've said with this challenge blog, it's about sketching from the photos...that includes the photos in the Archive at the top of this blog.  So, for this I have hopped back to the Lighthouse. 

I just used paint to draw this and used the colour for the shading too, all in one.

06 January 2016

Shoppers - Ann Hyde

From the current reference photo I concentrated on the shoppers for this drawing.  

Hope some of you will take my lead on this and
look back at some of the reference photographs and use
PARTS of the scene as well as looking at the whole view.

05 January 2016

French Van, Ann Hyde

I used the one-line technique (mostly) here for this...keeping my pen on the paper throughout the drawing. 

Pen:  Platinum Carbon Fountain Pen - although it is meant to have permanent ink, you will see that some of the ink ran a little when I applied watercolour...never mind, it adds to the look.

Watercolour: A combination of Winsor & Newton and Daniel Smith.  Just kept it simple.

03 January 2016

New Year and a New Photo

Here's a new picture to start the New Year...

It was one I took in Portsmouth, I liked the little french van.

Some perspective to draw in this if you choose to take in the whole photo,
but you might want to focus on only one part, it's entirely up to you: