Illustration Friday‘s prompt this week is stripes. And, while my above entry is less an illustration and more a portrait, I couldn’t help myself. I love to paint real people. As my penance for not pushing the illustration angle, I decided to make watercolor my medium for this challenge. My watercolor skills are well, not so hot. And even though I smacked my hand when I reached for it, I confess to using opacity in the form of white watercolor in this. I know, I know watercolor is supposed to be translucent. There-in lies the beauty. What can I say, I’m a layers kinda girl.
When I finished the painting, I had to scan it into Photoshop for cropping, and I did it again! I picked up the highlights and messed with it some more. Then, I found the black and white too strident and cold, so I sepiaed it up.
(original painting) (after digital enhancements)
That is my full confession. I WILL try unadulterated watercolor again. I want to, but not before hiding my ever so tempting, gleaming tube of white.
- My Artist Biography and Watercolor Friday! (snoringdogstudio.wordpress.com)