These are my sketches from a ‘farm tour’ at Hidden Villa Farms in the Los Altos Hills today. I sketched these as I tagged along with a moving group. I started by using just a brushpen (I love my Kuretake Sable Hair brushpen, refilled with carbon platinum ink) but pulled out my watercolor kit and juggled it all as I walked along after my first page of sketches. Using a combo of color and line was a quicker way for me capture what I wanted than just working in pen. The brushpen captured shape and gesture, and a quick wash of color added volume, pattern and texture.
At the end of the tour, I went back to draw my favorites, the sheep and new lambs. It’s surprisingly hard to draw a convincing sheep. And it was interesting to see how many sheep I drew before I could simplify them into basic forms.