Tuesday, February 19, 2013

IF: Wool

I am going to experiment with a new process. Here's a sneak peek at this week's Illustration Friday word, the sketch for "wool"
I inked it! I think it looks great! I saw another artist who does this before she lays down watercolor. I thought her watercolors lacked color, but then, she didn't spend very much time in the color, trying to deliberately achieve an aged look. So I wonder what will happen if I added bright colors to this?  I've never been a believer in adding black for a darker hue. Yet this isn't mixing color. It's painting over an ink wash. Hmmm... I wonder what it will look like? Update to come. I think it's fun to experiment!
Here is the final piece. I can't decide if I like it or not.  I love the limited palette, the structure, and the textures, but those things could have been done without the ink wash.  What did the ink wash underneath contribute? Is it worth repeating? I think grey for value changes is not as powerful as adding more color, layers upon layers of beautiful color.  But then again, the muted colors give a comfortable feel. Is that it? I can't put my finger on it.  Is this a process I will try again?


  1. I love it! It's gorgeous! I like the muted colors. I'm trying to decide if I have an opinion about the ink wash, or if I even have enough information to pretend to have an opinion, and mostly arriving at the conclusion that I'm too tired to know my own mind. I'll think again in the morning. ;) But congrats on finishing a nice piece!

  2. I think it came out lovely, either way.

  3. I like both versions...and I'd like to be sitting in that much wool! :)

  4. Thank you, all! A little encouragement goes a long way!