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Illustration Friday : Mysterious

Wow, two weeks in a row, can you believe it?

I’m still pretty sure the muse is on sabbatical, but perhaps she’s drawing nearer as I honestly have no idea where this illustration came from. I was just messing around in my studio, lamenting the fact that the near 100% humidity in our house has rendered much of my paper supply to a curled-edged mess.  Seriously, it is so humid from the constant rain that surfaces in my house are actually wet, as if it were raining inside as well as outside. And then, of course, there’s the flooding. But, I digress.

I did this with watercolor, pearlescent watercolor, alcohol, and brush pen. I also sort of carved out the outlines of the trees using an awl (no idea why I felt compelled to employ such a technique). The man showed up very near the end, when I decided the trees just weren’t interesting enough on their own. I’m not quite sure what he’s up to, but considering my current state of mind, I’d say it’s probably no good.

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Wishy Washy

Last night, I tried something new. And it totally didn’t turn out how I envisioned or expected it to. I’m trying to like it, but, despite being happy with a few elements of it and the fact that it was well-received by some of my critics (heh), I’m still feeling kind of meh.

I used several of my newly acquired Derwent watercolor pencils, which I totally love. What I don’t love is the paper I used. It’s some Strathmore 300 series watercolor paper that I got on the cheap and I hate the texture (for this type of work, at least). The ink bled as soon as it hit the page, making my lines distractingly wonky. I much prefer the 400 series, although I think this paper would work well for 3D/shadow box work. So, it’s not a total loss.

Aside from the technical issues (and a few color choices that I’m not pleased with), it’s not a bad piece. My favorite part is the paper boat, which I think will be making an appearance in some similar pieces I have in mind.

On to the next one!

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