Intention began as an Illustration Friday prompt. It didn’t take long to realize that what I was making was decidedly not an illustration. My intention-derailed. I should back up and mention that Intention started as a watercolor, though not a good watercolor. I scanned it and finished painting digitally. So much for my initial intention. Next, I felt that the white space fell flat. I needed some texture, so I dug through photo textures I create for this purpose. I’m always drawn to fabric, and there in the reference were three interesting images to layer over the painting. I couldn’t quite decide, so I created three versions.
Intention vs process:)
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.
There is a story behind this painting. I posted this piece first on my Illustration Friday page for the topic mysterious, but I its first obligation is to serve as an illustration for a story floating around in my head. This story will convert itself into text after I have a few more illustrations worked out. This is the second piece. I’ve a third in the works. You’ll see that one soon too. When this story fully unveils itself to me, I will reveal it to you too. Stay tuned.