Can you give me some advice for plein air sketching please?
Answer Lorena replies
Plein air sketching, whether done traditionally or using digital tools, is a great way to learn about colour and light and also for training your eye to translate a three-dimensional scene into 2D.
Outdoor sketches in Procreate are a lot of fun. The app offers you everything you need for sketching and for taking things up to a decent level of finish, and because it runs on an iPad, you can travel lightly.
I prefer to kick things off by creating a quick sketch, especially when there’s a person in the scene. After I set everything up very roughly I block out the foreground, lock the layer (choose Alpha Lock – simply swipe from left to right on the layer list) and splash in colours with big brushes. From there I get into detailing, but since the light keeps changing I need to be quick and keep things rough. Later on I can still go back and fix mistakes if I want to.
When taking your first steps with plein air, try limiting your colour palette. This will help you to simplify what you see and then get it down in the app. You can always embellish your colours in Procreate once you get back home, or transfer your art to another program for further work. In addition, taking some photos while outdoors will help you see if you captured the essence of a scene, and provide reference information for detailing.