Sunday, January 7, 2007

Mas Sasquatch.

This was a drawing that started off good with the pencil and then I blew it with the initial watercolor layer, and then tried to recover with the inks. It's two pieces stitched together- (you can see the "Strathmore" paper logo on the little table in the middle)



  1. I'd say the biggest advantage to working digital is the UNDO button.

    When I'm watercoloring, I'm always working way too slow, worrying about every drop of paint. Sometimes, it's just best to zone-out and let everything happen naturally.

    I think this is an awesome piece of art. I don't see anything that would keep it from being a part of your portfolio or a spread in a book.
    I keep coming back to look at it.

  2. This is great! I keep smiling every time I look at it. What I really like is the way you did the shadows. If you blew it, I can't tell. Leonardo probably went around muttering, "I blew it! Everything looks great except she looks like she's got this cock-eyed smile....grrrr."

  3. Thanks, Guys.

    I agree with your point Stacy about just letting things happen. If i have a good pencil to watercolor, i'm overly cautious because I know how quickly I can blow it. That's not the creative side of me speaking. I'll be glad when I feel more comfortable in the medium.

  4. I haven't felt comfortable using watercolor yet.
    It's one of those things that I feel I need to do everyday or I forget the little things I've learned along the way.

    Some of the best things I've done in watercolor have been little mistakes that I'll never be able to reproduce again.

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  6. It's interesting trying to correct watercolour blunders with photoshop. Lots of little things are possible, but I as yet don't have the chops to replace a wash of a too dark colour with some appropriate light colour.

    I have "patched in" corrections when something was impossible to fix, but prefer to fix it on the original, just to have a nice original.

    Also, scanning watercolours on a low-end scanner tends to make it look like felt marker, drops out many of the subtleties, and exaggerates the flaws. I'm learning to saturate colours more, and do them more smoothly. Though for me, variations make the picture more interesting than just a smooth tone or gradation.

  7. Great insights, Jack.

    "fix it on the original, just to have a nice original. "

    Absolutely. I find if i just spend those few last minutes on the drawing I don't have to use photoshop.

    Also, if I get it looking decent and I'm about to take some risks, I'll scan it in and then go back and dig in and "go nuts". That way if I blow it, I won't feel as bad because I have the cautious half-ass scanned one to make me feel like it wasn't a total loss.