Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Animal Experiments

Applying the landscape style from last week (outline in indigo watercolor) to animals. squirrel 2013_june.animals b&wcats

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Process: Lake Como in Watercolor

Let's start with my photo reference, a shot of Lake Como in Northern Italy from several years ago. Side note: this is one of the most beautiful, dreamy places I've ever been. lakecomo1 I start off with a minimal sketch in HB pencil and a light pink wash for this one (I don't recommend having cat hair on your paper, as I have done, but when you've got a kitty in the studio during shedding season, it's tough to avoid) IMG_3097 Three layers of color here IMG_3100 More layers, lots of viridian green and prussian blue in the mix IMG_3115 And voila. Finished sketch with watercolor and some graphite detailing on the boat and houses.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Landscapes Three Ways

Just playing around with watercolor approaches. I posted some progress shots of these last week, but here they are "finished" and scanned.

Watercolor, charcoal & graphite landscape1
Outlines in thick indigo watercolor, filled in with transparent watercolor layers landscape3
And landscape detail outlined in softer watercolor of different colors landscape4.1 My photo reference (the amazing Butchart Gardens in Victoria, BC) and a postcard of Toshi Yoshida's woodcut "Linnoji Garden", my jumping off point for experimenting with technique. IMG_3118