Watercolour on Fabriano Artistico - 14 inches x 21 inches
I felt excitement coursing through my veins as soon as I stepped foot into Havana. I have no doubt that the cubans must be concerned about the the state of their buildings and dwellings, as so many are falling to pieces both inside and out. Selfishly, as an artist, the colours, peeling plaster, decorative designs and elegant proportions are a dream .... not to mention the old, American cars.
Some tips: If you do have a complex scene to paint, try to keep the line work light and loose to allow for tweaking and movement. For me, the car was the most challenging part of the illustration. Identify as many simple shapes as possible that make up the whole. Really look at those shapes (and this applies to the whole drawing): is it long and elegant, squat, square, flat, and does the shape on the left line up with the shape above or below??? Is the distance between object ‘x’ really that far or close to object ‘y’? Use your ruler to check the angles of the windows, rooftops and balconies. Take your time. Before painting soften some of your lines.