Thursday, January 29, 2009
I liked working on a larger scale in Mike's book, though the pages were thin, allowing watercolors to easily bleed through. I ended up basing an abstract doodle on the splotches on the other side, which was lots of fun. I found the watercolor Moleskines are excellent for using India inks and watercolor paints, if anyone's looking for a good, durable book for wet media. In the meantime, this baby is heading out in the mail to Ammon in chilly, snowy Pennsylvania (from chilly, icy Virginia).
Friday, January 23, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
My sketches lately have been a little sketchy, I think because of impending deadlines and insufficient time due to holiday commitments. (Not that they're ever that great.) These are my last three from this month and the books have been mailed.
These three were done by a combination of image-transfer and watercolor (and goauche and pen and ink in some cases). I created the originals in Photoshop (all from scratch) (well, the bluebird was from a scanned watercolor, posted earlier today). I printed them and transferred them to the paper and painted over the images. I had intended to do more of a collage type of thing, but this is what I ended up doing. I painted the bluebird page with gesso and the other two transfers were done with acrylic medium. The moles don't work well with water colors and I don't know why I keep trying.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
I have used Nexus art pens but I really disliked them because the skipped constantly.
ruben with found paper.mate (found paper.mate)
why?!!! (felt pens)
Ruben has an interest in comic strips and is an on-line buddy. Clearing out my work bag - which is really just a day-sack like kids use for school - for the new year, I came across a black paper.mate, the cheap kind you get in office stationery cupboards. I think it came from one of those. Anyway, it's very good on moleskine paper.
The second is inspired by an expression on the face of the lead character in a French comic strip I found in a Paris newspaper - I only pinched the expression. This was drawn while listening to an album by Oliver Nelson which I bought for the title alone... It's kind of weird but I think I'm getting used to it.
Happy New Year.