This video was made in Kyoto imperial park in november (yes I know…. long time ago! We don’t find much time to edit the videos… I still have 5 other ones waiting to be edited!). I wanted to paint the beautiful gingko trees.

I hesitated to post this video because I look so exhausted in it… 🙂 Horrible! Totally jet lagged…………… we had just arrived three days earlier and I have always a lot of trouble with the jet lag. Should’ve put more make up on! 🙂

The Japanese are crazy about the wonderful autumn colors. These trees are incredibly yellow, and the mixture with the orange maple trees is gorgeous.

So I started immediately with the yellow of the main tree in the scenery and I’ve built the rest around it.

I used two Escoda synthetic Perla travel brushes and two sable travel Brushes of the brand “Rosemary’s and co” : a rigger and a diagonal brush. This diagonal brush is handy because you can use it flat or just with an incredible fine tip like the rigger.

I did my whole trip with the very light and small pocket palettes. I have a blue-green one and an orange-yellow-red one. (You can read more about these in an older blog post or in my shop) Another post about it is here:

So I started immediately painting the yellow ginkgo leaves to set the overall shape of the main tree. For this yellow I used light Ochre (Winsor & Newton).

After the overall shape was set (don’t fill everything up : leave white paper to suggest the leaves) I have painted a quick brushstroke under the tree to suggest the ground filled with dropped leaves in the same ochre color. The repetition of the ochre color on the ground will link the scenery in your lay out.

After that I started to draw the branches and the trunk with a fine ball point pen. Don’t draw continuous branches: some branches go in front of the leaves and some are interrupted by them because they’re behind the leaves.

Afterwards I drew the Imperial Palace walls behind the tree. I will leave them without color because they’re not the main subject of this sketch.

The main subjects are the trees and the people enjoying the autumn. This is not no man’s land: sketch also some people to have human activity in your sketches and to show the scale of the scenery. The orange of the maple tree next to the ginkgo will add warmth. Finally I add some dark ochre splashes to give volume to the tree, and the colorful clothes of the people make the sketch come alive. Don’t forget some dark shadows in the branches and the tree trunk.

Happy sketching everybody ! Feel free to comment or ask questions.




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