Watercolor sketches from Baking Chez Moi

One of the (many) projects I’m working on is to make watercolor sketches from the beautiful, mouth-watering photos in the book Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere by Dorie Greenspan.

Since I love baking, and sometimes struggle with deciding on what to sketch, I thought this would be a great subject. There are a few skills I’d like to improve by doing this project:

  • more accuracy with contour line drawings, without getting bogged down in making it look photo-realistic
  • drawing more quickly
  • getting comfortable adding watercolor wash
  • hand lettering

sketchbook - pen and watercolor sketches from Baking Chez Moi by Dorie Greenspan

After just a few sketches, I’m finding that this is also a good opportunity to practice painting highlights and glass.

I’ve noticed that with this sketchbook (a Stillman & Birn Alpha Series book), when I apply watercolor washes to one side of the paper, the other side becomes very difficult to draw on. On one hand, I don’t want to leave pages blank, but on the other hand I don’t want to fight with my pens on the paper. I also find myself wanting to primarily draw on the right page rather than the left. I may try just doing a drawing on the right side of the spread, using the left side for little details or quick sketching.