Nocturne Challenge

I never thought painting night scenes would be so fun!

The challenge on my favorite Facebook group this month, and for January in my pastel society group is nocturnes. I didn’t really have any phot\no references, so I began to keep my eye out for something interesting. One morning low fog was blanketing my town. I made a stop to grab this and I’m so pleased that I did!

Here are process photos, in case you’re interested.

Inktense underpainting and drawing. To get a good dark, covering the UArt buff color was essential.

Starting the block in.

At this point I chose to begin focusing on the sign… If I could get that right, then I felt confident I could finish it effectively.

Over and over I found that I needed to use a ruler to get straight edges! Don’t be afraid to do this in your own art.

Buddies neon sign painting
“Misty Morning Coffee Stop, Kingsland, Texas”. UArt 400, inktense underpainting, pan, stick and pencil pastels.

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