This article is about watercolor house portrait #290Z, of properties sold by Broker/Realtor Cathy Litoborski of Realty Executive Elite, and written by artist and United States Navy Veteran, Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC, of Condren Galleries, a Fine Arts Gallery ~ the house portrait is done first as a pencil drawing and then a pen & ink, which comes with JPEG & PDF scans for making prints, note cards, and stationery. Congratulations Cathy!
4111 Sunnyside Avenue, Brookfield, Illinois
20208 S. Greenfield Lane, Frankfort, Illinois
Pencil Drawing For Watercolor House Portrait #290Z
- Clinker Stylus Sketch
The pencil drawing is the foundation of the house portrait. As you can see from the two drawings below, I have drawn the basic elements of the house to convey the size, landscape, and proportions of the composition.
4111 is the top drawing and you can see the large chimney in the center of the house, which is the anchor of the rendering. The large round bushes nicely enhance the brick house.
20208 is the fine ranch home below the sketch of 4111. As with the drawing above, the focus has been on the composition of the house and it’s relationship to the perspective. In both drawings all the key elements are in place and never do I go and detail sections of the work of art. Detailing comes later.
On the left side of the drawing you can see the garage and from there is the front walk that leads to the entrance. I have detailed where I would like the trees in the background to be. I have deliberately spaced the trees so as not to crowd out the image. The hall my of my work here is the space above the apex of the garage, this is what I call “breathing” space, for it give room for the rendering to be seen. If you busy up the drawing with details then you cannot see the forest through the trees.
Pen & Ink Drawing
- Stylus Sketch
The pen & ink drawings below are taken directly from the pencil sketches above. At this point I have to look at both the pencil sketch and the MLS Photos. The general outline is given in the sketch, but I have to make sure that everything is exact, so I look carefully at the photos.
In the drawing directly below, I have made the shadow of the chimney show onto the left side of the roof. In keeping with the shadow lines I have made the shading on the bushes up front to the left side as well. The canopy over the roof had shadows as well, however, I did not want to cover up the address on the wall, so I shortened the hatching of the lines at that point.
I have made use of the eaves to bring out the shading along the roof line. There is no overhang on the front of the garage. The ranch is a nice level structure that lends itself to being landscaped with ease. The font lawn is wide open to let your eyes go right to the house and rest upon the trees behind.
The watercolor rendering is the final phase of the house portrait. Directly below you can see the bring detail of the ink rendering. The power of the pen & inks come through at all times so it is imperative to be accurate with every stroke. I am very pleased with how well balance the colors of the landscape are in relation to the house and the perspective.
The sidewalk gently leads you up towards the entry and you are protect by the shade of the canopy. I have made use of fall colors to ad variety to the landscape. Prints can be made easily from the scans that come with the house portraits.
The atmosphere is light and fresh as can be seen with the lightly colored landscape in the rendering below. Because the house rests firmly on the front lawn it has a commanding stance upon the composition of the watercolor. Poster prints can be made from enlargements of the scans provided.
- JPEG & PDF
Scans of house portrait #290Z are available in JPEG or PDF formats for making prints, note cards, or posters.
Condren Galleries Ltd. for watercolor house portrait #290Z
- Fine Arts Gallery
Condren Galleries is pleased to have been to participate in the execution of watercolor house portrait #290Z.
Stephen F. Condren for watercolor house portrait #290Z
As an artist I have made watercolor house portrait #290Z a staple of my architectural rendering works.
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Watercolor house portrait #290Z pen & ink drawing with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren at Condren Galleries.