This is a picture I picked up from John Lovett's blog and I attempted it before somewhat unsuccessfully. I thought I'd revisit it to see whether I'm happier with the subject than I used to be. It's a tough subject - there is a *lot* going on and I should probably crop down and only try a part. We have buildings - lots of them, along with awnings, many people and finally boats and water. Any one of those would make a decent painting and it's a bit ambitious to try them all at once. I always remember this when I'm half way through the drawing and getting a bit bored.
But - I was reasonably pleased with the difference (original is below done in May 2013). The awnings are good, buildings not bad, the people are suggested reasonably well and the boats ok if a little sparse and small. It could be a lot worse.
This is the one from May 2013. Wow - I think it's fair to say there's a big difference here. It's a slightly different view but the more recent one of more confident and, to me at least, has a better sense of light. I hope there'll be a similar different 18 months from now.
And here's the photo - yeah there's a lot going on.