Friday, August 13, 2010

Ballookey's book pages 2 & 3

Ballookey0201
Ballookey0204
Ballookey0203
Ballookey0202

Started the second page today and finished it this evening. Ned and I were shooting in the morning but things were going all unorganized, one of the models cancel, the hair stylist was late and then didn't show up either.
It was very nice to escape to a world that doesn't depend on other people...

The moleskine coated paper is giving me trouble, but I'm trying to resolve it in different ways. Some markers, a different type of markers and some crayons. My favorite markers work really nice on this, but the tip is very narrow and it take ages to cover the areas I want to paint.

Also, some interesting pen testing, which I might write more about it a bit.

I'm not sure how my next few days are going to be work-wise, but if nothing happened, I hope to get the book out to Anders on Monday or Tuesday (but we'll see what happens).

11 comments:

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

WOW! These are really scrumptiously detailed and gorgeous--nice colors. I just love all your natural detail.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I love the way you tied the two pictures together with color and detail and repeating form.

ballookey said...

I love them! And I'm glad Libra made it in there - that's my sign, not that I ascribe any significance to it. ;)

I know you guys are always crying about the regular Moleskine paper, but I think the texture works wonderfully in these pieces.

Personally I'm having a hard time with the watercolors. I'm not very good at watercolor painting, though I've been practising, yet when I get a watercolor book, I don't feel that I have much choice about what to use in it. If I want to add color, I pretty much have to use watercolors because of the coarse texture of the paper. With the regular paper, maybe traditional watercolor is out, but the door is open to everything else. And I've done some experiments with watercolors too - it's not that it doesn't work, it just doesn't work in a traditional way.

Well, to each their own. Aya takes the cake though, for always delivering such magnificent pieces no matter what the paper, and I'm really glad and honored to have a few of her works in my own book.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I'm one of the people who prefers the white watercolor paper, BUT I do think the texture here works great. I'd be willing to learn techniques for the coated paper too. Watercolors are my favorite medium, but I love learning new things and am willing to take instruction!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I'm so glad, Ballookey, that you have these lovely works, and Hennie's too, in your Mole after the long delay!!! :-D That must feel really satisfying!!!

steve said...

Wow, lovely work!

Aya Rosen said...

I think I found a way to solve the regular paper! I'm very excited. Going to get a bit more work on it tonight before going to bed.

Very social evening, way way too much red wine, drawing while half drunk is nice but very slow...

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Are you going to share with us?

Aya Rosen said...

of course!

What i did was paint a very watered down layer of white acrylic paint on the coated paper.

It's still not like watercolor paper by far, but at least, there's something for the paint to hold on to.

It take a lot longer for the watercolor to dry, but it does dry and then it does look like a moderately even layer and not just a bunch of spots...

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

cool! I will have to try that! :-D

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

I like the idea of starting with white, too!!! (as opposed to yellow or whatever that color is.)