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Using a reference photograph I made use of the Japanese Notan approach to weigh up the arrangement of tonal areas of the finished painting without considering any of the detail work of the subject. Doing this helped to make decisions about the overall composition rather than jumping straight in and finding out later the finished work is not satisfactory. The Notan system can be used to do quick, simply and small studies only 2/3" in size to break down the composition into the simplest elements to achieve a good compositional balance.

Applying a Japanese Notan approach to roughly decide wide areas of tone and no detail.

Initial pencil sketch made from Notan tonal considerations

Second pencil sketch to open up the foreground

Watercolour based on second sketch to try and create a feel for distance

Starting to include figures and foreground detail

Finished watercolour on rough paper ©
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