Friday, September 24, 2010

Texture Madness


I've been working on this piece for the past few days. I am pretty pleased with how the pencil sketch came out, but I am up in the air about the coloring. I intended for it to be very texture-heavy, but I'm not sure it works the way I thought it would. I can't decide if it's too busy or not, but it is going to stay like this, at least for awhile. I imagine she is some sort of cross between a shaman/priestess and a warrior. I was going to draw her an awesome staff to go with all her other ornamentation, but I never got around to it. Maybe later...

Friday, September 10, 2010

All The Things I Never Said



This is technically a work in progress that I have been working on sporadically, but I am really struggling with it and I'm not sure where to take it. I am starting to think I may never actually finish it, so I decided to post it as is. If I ever do figure out where to go from here I will post an updated version. Pencil sketches done from photographs that I took, scanned in and colored digitally.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Mulberries



I decided to tackle watercolor again in an attempt to get some work ready for an Art Gala coming up where I will be displaying/selling some work. This piece started as a pencil sketch based off of a photograph I took at my cousins' house. I then started laying in some basic washes with watercolor, and finished the piece by adding details with colored pencils and highlights with white acrylic. I'm not too thrilled with the overall colors or the really intense texture of the paper, but considering how I usually fare with watercolors, I have to consider this a success. I wish there was a little more contrast, and maybe some more natural tones (more browns and reds I think) but I am wary of going back in with the watercolors at this point. The top image is the slightly touched-up and cropped scan. The bottom is the original scan. I picture it in a solid black frame with a white mat, nice and simple to help the colors stand out.

On another note, it feels good to get back to traditional materials. I am frustrated by having to scan it though, because, as always, a scan can't really do the original justice.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Chinese Brush Painting


Hands down, I struggle with watercolor more than any other medium I have ever worked with. I absolutely love the way watercolors look when other artists use them, but I can never seem to do it myself. Every so often I try again, and every time I am disappointed with the results. This is another such time. I have a book on Chinese brush painting and I have been wanting to try it out for a long time. The other afternoon I finally sat down and gave it a shot. I need a lot more practice (and I need to pay more attention about how to do it properly i.e. how to hold the brush, etc.) but I think it is something I would want to try again, even if I was cursing my ability to use watercolors the whole time!