The Shard

This is a view from the Tate Modern towards The Shard in London. After the cold experience of the morning I found a bench and a window on the 2nd floor of the Tate to draw this view but then I wanted to add watercolour so had to head outside. Luckily I managed to find a spot in the sun so didn’t freeze as badly as before. The coloured pencils I used for the initial drawing are nothing special – just a mix of various bog standard brands I’ve acquired over the years. The interesting thing though is that only some of them are water soluble so when I added the watercolour layer some lines dissolved while others remained sharp. I did no planning as to which would soften as I was just choosing them based on colour but if I ever work this way again then that will be something to put more thought into – maybe the soluble ones in the background and regular for the foreground.


6 thoughts on “The Shard

    1. Yes, I arrived a bit late but had time for one sketch before the lunchtime meetup. Lots of people there! I may have been recognisable from the huge number of jumpers and giant bobble hat :)

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