Posts tagged ‘watercolor figures’
Another Descent Series piece.
For those who may be interested, I start with a drippy big brush sketch, then refine just enough to try and hit the sweet spot.
The “Descent” series.
I’m having loads of fun with these old photo inspired paintings. They provide an emotional connection and a place to begin. I’m allowing myself the freedom to take great liberties with the faces and figures. Unlike portraiture, I m borrowing only what I’m interested in exploring and filling in the rest anyway I like. It’s a bit like genetics and traditions. Genetics because of the chance factors in unplanned watercolor and traditions because we can choose to uphold them,modify them or create our own.
For the purpose of continuity, I’ll be referring to this improvisational series of sketches as the “Descent”series”. I’ll post them intermittently and in no particular order, certainly not in descending order. I’ll be jumping back and forth through time.
Welcome back! Good to see you.
I’ve enjoyed my break, making new work and reorganizing my cyber space. I’ll be dropping by your space very soon.
Just to keep things fresh, I’ll be posting a little more often, but with less scheduled regularity. Today’s sketch is one in a series of very quick watercolor figure sketches, inspired by old family photos. I’ve been digging into the past, mining subtleties that influence the present. I hope you’ll enjoy following along with my efforts.
It’s good to be back!
I’m growing quite fond of these two. They happened upon the paper very quickly and easily. The ease of their creation is in great contrast with the energy of the little girl in the foreground. I seem to recall sometimes feeling like each of these girls, while in the company of childhood friends. Either gratefully lost in my own world or feeling excluded from my friend’s faraway thoughts, on those long, hot days of summer.
For those interested in process, above is the finish. Below is the entire composition before I worked to my satisfaction. I enjoy lifting the color to refine the painting. I may refine the finish a little more, but I will wait a day or two to see it with new eyes. The only downside of waiting is the reluctance of the watercolor to lift easily. Thankfully, Photoshop is always there to rely on for touch-ups when reproducing the paintings for prints.
This week’s Watercolor Wed. was fun! Approximately two minute sketches. Simply a dip into color, a smash of brush tip and drag to get the drawing down. Add color into wet and it’s done. This is the order in which they happened. -The last one is my favorite-
Watercolor on Strathmore Windpower Watercolor Pad
I neglected to leave enough white/light space. I’ve added a few strokes of opaque white watercolor to regain the white, but now the areas appear gray or dirty. I also wish I’d left more light space in the faces. I’m learning.
I chickened out and went back to a pencil outline. Sort of worked ok here, but next time…