Today Sarah and Clark and our friend Renee and her daughter Isabella went for a canoe ride on the South Branch River. They saw many cool naturey things. And they stopped for a picnic. Sarah took a photo kind of like this one, so I decided to draw it.
I’ve learned my limitations with this PhotoShop and pen tool and that is: I can’t draw people with it. At least not at this scale. So I can either work at it or leave them out.
I’m pleased with how well this turned out, and I like the depth of the picture. I was able to use the pointillism technique from last night’s pear (practice makes perfect!) for the rocks in the foreground. And some of the crosshatching technique for the grass.
I toyed with the idea of a ripple effect on the river, but decided to keep it simple.
I had also initially included a tree shadow on the far edge of the river. But the more I tinkered with it the more it looked like an oil spill. So I took it out. Ours is a clean river.