Monday, August 09, 2010

Rooster Cafe


The Rooster Cafe, my latest cafe drawing and the toughest one I've done up to this point. I knew it would be a doozy to colour when I was black lining it and it was true.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Really nice! Wonderful detail and colour. -- Michael

patricia said...

Oh, but it is FABULOUS. I MUST have a copy of this one. I love so much about it – the colour, the relaxed mood, the perspective, the fact that there is the mention of books, Scrabble and chess in it – all big things with me and Guy.

This one is indeed your best!!

Felicity said...

But well worth it! Fabulous drawing!

raena said...

Wil...this is my FAVORITE of all your cafe sketches! WOW!

Nikira said...

Just wonderful.

Wilfred said...

Thanks, everyone. It was a toughie but I'm happy how it turned out.

Dan Kent said...

Wow, wow, wow!! Excellent!! Wow.. (did I say wow?)

You are an inspiration, Wil.

Btw - What are the dimensions?

debra morris said...

Great Wilfred!

Wilfred said...

Dan- thanks, glad you like it. AS I mentioned in my description, I was shaking my head the entire time I was black lining this drawing in the cafe. I knew I would have quite the time colouring it in.

Debra-- thanks. I think this is one of my stronger ones from the cafe series.

Shalini said...

It does look pretty difficult..but I feel this one's the best too.. I like it a lot.. Well, could I ask you your technique? Do you pencil the sketch first, fill color and then ink the outlines? And do you paint also in the cafes itself, or do you capture the scene in memory and then add colors some time later? I just love the way you paint your sketches..

Wilfred said...

Shalini-- my cafe drawing process has evolved over the course of the drawings. I started inking directing onto the paper and even watercolouring the vast majority in the cafe and doing the details at home. However, over the last 5-8 drawings I've been starting each drawing in pencil so I could get a more accurate perspective and then inking over the lines. AFter all the blacking lining is done, which takes about 2.5-3 hours, depending on the amount of detail, I'll start watercolouring the major washes in the cafe. Then I'll finish the detail work at home. Colours may not be a true reflection of the cafe but I think that's a good thing.

Hope that answers your questions.

Leslie Hawes said...

Wonderful result! Thanks for sharing all this work.
You have great sketchbook art on the blog.