Can you give me some ad­vice for plein air sketch­ing please?

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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.

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