The Roadside Garage - A Pen-Ink-Watercolor Sketch on Gray Tinted Paper

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I clicked the picture of this roadside makeshift garage while passing through an area in my city.

I was immediately drawn to the composition due to the thick green foliage behind the garage, the bright blue tin walls of the garage structure, and the red bike pared in front of it.

I have drawn this sketch on a gray tinted paper.

Drawing an illustration on a tinted paper is always a challenge because the watercolor is transparent. It's difficult for the color to appear in its original form on the tinted paper.

But a tinted paper is not always a bad news!

Drawing on a tinted paper has its own advantages. Illustrations drawn on tinted paper have their own charm and beauty. They can be quite striking at times, sometime more than the illustrations drawn on normal white papers.

In this mini-tutorial, I will show you the tricks to draw on tinted paper and still 'pop' out the elements of the illustration.

We will use the following materials to paint this illustration:

- Gray tinted paper A4 size 200GSM. Any paper above 200GSM is fine.

- HB Pencil and eraser (for the initial rough sketch).

- Technical (Fineliner) pens - assorted tip sizes

- White gel pen (or a ballpoint pen with white ink)

- Black brush pen

- Watercolor brushes

- Watercolor - assorted colors

- Acrylic ink - assorted colors

Your Instructor

Shirish D
Shirish D

I am a self taught artist living in a very populous city called Pune, in a very populous country called India.

I work in the thriving Indian software industry since more than two decades. But art is my main passion (apart from family, books, movies, scuba diving, travelling, and writing, not necessarily in that order!).

I am actively involved in fine arts, graphic novels, animated graphic novels, and short film making, I work in several media like pen & inks, watercolors, oil colors, acrylics and digital. I sketch and paint various themes like landscapes, figures, portraits and urban sketches. I am an active member of the Urban Sketchers community.

I have written several bestseller art instruction books. You can see a catalog of all my books here:

I regularly conduct workshops for sketching, and have participated in several exhibitions. My sketches and paintings are present in private collection in India as well as in other countries.

Course Curriculum

  A Roadside Garage - A Pen-Ink-Watercolor Sketch
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