Chipping Away at an Historic Flat Iron Building in Watercolor

Fort Worth, Texas Flat Iron Building

While waiting to give a private art lesson Friday afternoon, I had a few more leisure hours for drawing and watercoloring on this Fort Worth Flat Iron building begun a couple of days ago.  It is on a full sheet of paper (22 x 30″) and rather hard to get to, requiring plenty of leaning over a desk.  Fortunately the weekend has arrived, and I have a tilting drafting table here in my studio to make access more pleasant.  As you can see, I’ve devoted most of my recent work on the shadow end of this building.  I still need to darken it further, but will probably move on to the sunlit flat end and get to work on all those blasted windows (yawn).  Hopefully by Monday I will have much more of this behind me.  I do have another major project to work on as well, however.  If that second project goes well, I’ll toss some of those pictures on the blog as well.

Thanks for reading.  Have a splendid weekend.

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2 Responses to “Chipping Away at an Historic Flat Iron Building in Watercolor”

  1. Merv Faulk Says:

    Hello again David,

    Now that Christmas is over, etc., I want to get back to following you on your blog. What I like about the way you do things (among other things) is that you give the reader a chance to see how the finished product goes together. Questions:
    -Do you sketch out the drawing in pencil and do you do it free-hand?


    • davidtripp Says:

      Hi Merv,
      Thanks so much for talking with me. And thanks for your interest in following what I’m doing. I have a number of different approaches to drawing out my watercolor. With this one, I used an HB pencil and projected my digital photo on a wall, tracing out the key lines on a 300# cold pressed D’Arches watercolor sheet. I was in my classroom at school during a full workday and didn’t have access to a tilting drafting table (like the one at home). I cannot “see” a 22 x 30″ layout flat on a desk top well enough to work with T-square and perspective. So I did the short cut this time. Because the free-hand “trace” lines are crude, but I know where everything is on the page, I then go back over them, erase and re-draw, using straightedge to make sure I know exactly where things should be. If you can see, the flat edge side of the building still requires plenty of “finish” drawing–the arch-top windows are indicated, but not yet defined by well-drawn lines, and none of the windows in the rows below have been framed or defined. Still plenty of drawing to get done.

      Thanks again for talking with me, and looking at my blog.


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