Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Watercolor Class

I'm taking a watercolor class from Moira Hahn. In this assignment, we considered value, painting a white object in black paint.  We were to choose between a cement squirrel, a cow's skull or a teapot. For me the choice was obvious, though I'm not quite sure why.

In another assignment, we were to practice applying two gradient techniques in eight, credit-card-sized rectangles, and then paint something in the spaces. When I was little, I asked my mother (constantly), what should I draw? She always said "a giraffe." So when I was at a loss for this one, I thought I'd go back to my roots. I decided to think outside the box a little.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Boy Reading

I painted this boy reading again, playing with the lighting. Here's the first watercolor of this boy reading.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Eye Eye Captain

Studying in the library. I found a book of faces.
Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Boy Reading

Here is a boy reading Virginia Lee Burton's Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel. This is the painting I was planning in this post.

Ironically, in the photo reference I used for this, the boy was using an iPad. Perhaps he was reading the eBook. Thanks for looking.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Boy reading

What's he reading? Can you tell?
Boy reading

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Watercolor class projects

I've read loads of books since my last post. There is no way I'm going to keep up with that, given how much time I spend in the picture books at the library and bookstores.  It is a smaller task for me to keep track of some of my progress in art and illustration here.

I'm taking a watercolor class from Moira Hahn, which is demanding and engaging. In our first assignment, we learned to apply a flat wash (aha moment if there ever was one). I painted the absence of a potato masher, three times.
The Absence of a Potato Masher
 In our second assignment, we learned some texturing techniques. Then I doodled on mine.
Blue Sampler
The techniques sampler was to prepare to paint a blue still life. I am not a person to have stuff and things about the house, so I went to Peer One (a borage of stuff and things), and purchased a blue and white botchy ball.  Moira said it reminded her of a bowling ball, and I decided to go with that for my project. Here is my sketch.
Bowling Sketch
Moira discussed the purpose and necessity for a horizon line in a still life, so I added one in the painting.
Because of the placement of my salt shakers, the horizon line was not optimal. I drew a new sketch, and may repeat the project if I have time.
Bowling 2 sketch
I am learning so much at each step. I seem to have primed myself for years to take in, fast and furious, all sorts of things, from strategies in illustrating stories, to sketching to painting. I'm hooked.  Too bad there are not more hours in the day!

Thanks for looking.