The “Descent” series.
Posts tagged ‘watercolor sketches’
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.
Two super quick equine sketches.
Tighter than my usual watercolor sketches, this one is a little too predictable for my taste. Because I’m literally sketching with the paint, following no pencil guides, I became preoccupied with the horse’s anatomy. She lives not too far from me, so I also struggled a bit to portray her as I have glimpsed her, walking or riding by her home. This sketch was derived from a quick snapshot.
This week I’m breaking the form. For the next seven days I’ll be posting watercolor sketches while I continue to work on new projects.
Not to worry about commenting on each post. I love hearing from you, but I don’t wish to make a pest of myself. Hope you find one of the seven that speaks to you.
This is creature week. They are sullen and unnerving, sporting giant ears. I have no idea why.
I tweaked digitally, just a little bit.
A little tighter than the watercolor sketches I’ve been making lately, but still a no plan gestural sketch.
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…
Watercolor & Sepia ink w/crow quill nib on Strathmore Windpower Watercolor Pad Attempt #1
It’s no secret that watercolor is not my thing. It evades me, it makes me crazy. There are no backsies in watercolor. I’ve worked with silk dyes and gutta, and made it work, even though there are no opportunities to fix mistakes with opacities in that medium. BUT, I can’t seem to make watercolor really work for me:
*I want to take advantage of the energy and spontaneity of watercolor-the flexibility within bounds.
*I’m familiar with all of the cool techniques, and know how to apply them…but..I certainly haven’t mastered them.
*Some of my favorite illustrators wield a watercolor brush with an expertise that I dearly envy. I want to do some of what they can do.
*In addition, the universe has gifted me with a bulk of watercolor paint and paper. Thank you Frieda and Sue.
So, it’s time. I’m committing myself to tackling watercolor-sketches only mind you, at least until I leach the watercolor envy out of my system, or run short of supplies, whichever comes first:)
Anybody else share a love/hate with watercolor? All you watercolorists, help, is welcome:)
Quick sketches with a twist of Photoshop distortion to push them just a little further.