Laurence Stephen Lowry Art Project
L. S. Lowry used only five colours in his artwork – vermillion, Prussian blue, yellow ochre, flake white and ivory black. He would add white or black to the others to them lighter or darker.
Either find or take a picture to use as a reference and sketch it out lightly in pencil.
Fill in the buildings with muted, natural hues such as brown, off-white and dark grey using the five colours above. Lowry didn't use much highlighting and shading, but often added lighter and darker sides to buildings to make them look a little more three-dimensional. The buildings in the far background were usually a light blue, to show they were far away.
Use black pencil or charcoal lines to fill in the detail around the edges of buildings and add some black above the chimneys, which you can smudge with your finger to give the look of smoke. Add some details such as street lights, utility poles and wires.
To give the painting extra texture, darken the top of the sky and the edges of the pavements and roads.
Finally, draw plenty of people in your scene, but with minimal detail.
L. S. Lowry.