I did this one on brown paper (the matt side with more bite) as the final drawing is supposed to be on coloured paper. I used conte crayon again, to draw the moving fish, tone and texture. The fins are coloured with pencil. I didn't think about the composition at the beginning of this sketch, and tried putting in some fish in the distance which are effective, and then some watercolour background, which of course was not successful.
|Movement and texture sketch for fish drawing|
|Fish in the tank|
Conte crayon, coloured pencil and oil pastel on coloured paper
When I focussed on the tone of what I was seeing, I could see that the floor of the tank and the triangles on the fish were about the same dark tone, with variations due to the sun falling on them. I tried to show the light effects by doing stripes on the ground, changes in texture, and the use of pale blue for the brightest areas.
I tried to use the shapes at the bottom and the pale reflections in the side to show some depth. This wasn't very successful and I think if I did this again I would make more of the other edges of the tank and the distortions through the glass.
Using a mid tone background made me have to think more about how to show the light.