Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Not pickles.


I'm putting a dent in my brand new watercolor set with all the doodles and experiments I've been doing. My latest mission has been to fill in my simple Micron pen drawings. I have been drawing and printing what are basically outlines for a few years now and I think it is about time to try incorporating some colorful innards!


I have been thinking about a big project for almost a year and I work on it irregularly. Now that I'm playing around with watercolor, the project has gained momentum. I think it was just waiting to meet the right medium.

The project is a story and the main character is an alligator. The pickle-like ovals above are a series of practice bodies. Since I will be drawing the alligator over and over agin throughout the story, I have to do something that is unlike me; I have to be organized! I don't want the alligator to look different on every page so I need to pick a specific technique and learn how to repeat it with consistency. I need to have a recipe! This will be a huge challenge for me because I am the type of person who never does the same thing twice (mostly because I am so forgetful that I couldn't repeat if I tried).

The next few days will be alligator body central. I will try every color and technique I can think of, pick the best and repeat repeat repeat. If I can't manage that, I will just make one excellent gator, cut it out and place it on every page... because I am a cheater.


4 comments:

Laurie said...

Coincidentally, I am making pickles! Abundance of cukes in the garden means its time to make more pickles. PS, I heart the gator body with the zig zags!

onelonelyapricot said...

I love all of your not-pickles! I love watercolors too. So addictive and wonderful.

Sarah said...

The top-right is my favorite gator skin! Watercolors foreverrrrrrrrr!

Elise of Argyle Whale said...

Laurie, I want to try one of your pickles. I am a recent converted pickle hater.

Kristen, I am completely addicted to watercolor so far. Just took a book out of the library on different techniques.

sarah, I am glad to hear your watercolor is the same as mine. Though, if I get bad results... I guess it means I can't blame it on the palette.