November 3rd, 2010
First of all, I have this affinity for alliteration. I find these three spreads somewhat dark and gloomy, yet curious and happy at the same time, hence the title to this post!
clear white gesso.
Layer 2: water color.
Layer 3: colored pencil.
Layer 4: pen and ink.
Layer 5: iridescent pearl acrylic
So, there are lots of layers! A few experiments included adding texture to the white gesso while it was wet, like the swirl pattern added by the end of the paintbrush, and the blotting texture added by accidently letting the pages close before they were dry… In the words of Bob Ross, “A Happy Accident”. I also tried applying highly pigmented watercolor onto the gesso and wiping it down on the ridges of the blotted texture, but it didn’t work quite as well as I’d hoped. The goal was to have all of the color reside in the valley’s of the surface. I also need to add that I borrowed the black figures from a series of small paintings I purchased 4 years ago by Chad Mount. I purchased the paintings as a congratulations to myself for landing my first job!
For now, this is a placeholder. I have three additional clouds to add to this page once my sketchbook is complete. I need to wait, however, so that the texture doesn’t affect future pages. I am quite pleased with the intensity of the color in the background of this spread, achieved with acrylic pigment mixed with clear gesso (my favorite) and light watercolor washes. I wanted to do something on this page that would rival and complement the color. I had the idea of having these cartoon, water colored clouds appear as if they were hanging from some sort of beam, like you might imagine in a stage set. I don’t think I will add anything else.
Ok, only clear gesso mixed with blue acrylic, watercolor wash, and colored pencil were used on this spread. I know, I’m slacking! I am in love with the water surface! I tried to carry that liney appearance into the bubbles and seaweed, but I don’t think it was nearly as successful. I also really like how the fish turned out, though I wish the colors popped a bit more. The watercolor layer under the colored pencil looked great before it dried. I think I’m struggling the most with the lack of clarity that I am achieving with the colored pencils. Crisp line quality is one of my main goals for anything that I output and I’m just not able to make that happen with the medium.
I guess this whole process is about trial and error! I’m learning to let the mediums guide me as to what they can and can’t do and I’m evolving my processes accordingly. I’m definitely in search of a highly pigmented medium that I can get detailed with, yet blend as easily as colored pencil. Suggestions?
I’m also realizing that I only have 7 spreads finished…. and 33 to go…. I need to get crackin’ if I want to have this finished by January 15th!