Monday, June 27, 2016

The Library of Parliament above the Ottawa River / La Bibliothèque du Parlement au-dessus de la rivière des Outaouais

The bicycle paths along both shores of the Ottawa River offer some breath-taking panoramas. This scene is of a park bench across from Victoria Island with the Library of Parliament in the background above the river. A nice place to sit and relax.
Watercolour with Pigma Micron pens in a Stathmore 500 series sketchbook, 26.5 x 18 cm (10.5 x 7 inches).
Les pistes cyclables le long des deux rives de la rivière des Outaouais offrent des panoramas à couper le souffle. Cette scène est d'un banc de parc en face de l'île Victoria avec la Bibliothèque du Parlement en arrière-plan au-dessus de la rivière. Un bel endroit pour se détendre.
Aquarelle avec des stylos Pigma Micron dans une carnet d'esquisse Stathmore série 500, 26,5 x 18 cm (10,5 x 7 pouces).

1 comment:

Rene Fijten said...

I like the skies very much in this one. The scene is very interesting to draw, but a piece of friendly advice: maybe you should have taken a position a bit more the left (even if you could not get there because of the lake or mud, it's called artistic freedom).
The chair is now in the middle, and in relation to the tower. This means the composition is like a cross, which destroys the dynamic of the scene as the eye wants to wander from bottom right to middle left.
Furthermore, the curve of the seat is in line with the curve of the cliff, they are connected in a weird way, and it enhances the cross composition again.
If you draw a seat like that, it is (usually, not as a rule) preferable to draw it in a way that people sitting in it look across the page. If it "opens" to the left, put the seat on the right, if it opens to the right put the seat to the left. It will add to the dynamic in the drawing. Try it with a little sketch, put the seat to 2/3 or 3/4 of the paper, more to the right. And put the top of the seat just inside the grey cliff. See if you like it that way.