notes - studies
Up until this time I have always used pen and ink or any fine point media to sketch anything.
My early amateur attempts to making comics were all inked.
I used to like it a lot -- pen and ink -- it is tidy and gives me certainty.
Nearly have 100% control of the outcome of my composition.
Feels almost as if it feeds into a personality trait I have.
Compulsion for orderliness is still with me sometimes as when an outline gets in there.
The sketch still looks pretty good.
However that high level of control has lost its attractiveness to me over time.
I noticed this change in appreciation when I compare graphic novels and comic books I've been reading lately.
Panels that were digitally drawn or inked, beautiful styles as they are, are just not as awe-inspiring to me as those painted and adourned with happy accidents -- as Bob Ross called it.
Although Bob worked with oil -- more forgiving than watercolour.
I've come to appreciate the medium for this reason.
As if it forbids visual spoonfeeding -- an old drawing habit of mine.
Instead calling for impressionistic details...
...and the power of suggestion goes a long way.
I was trying to understand watercolour behaviour in these studies,
as well as unlearning old drawing habits.
Raring for the next exercise.
About time I combine everything I've learned so far and add a little twist...
Winsor & Newton Artist & Cotman watercolours
Derivan Liquid Pencil
Synthetic and sable paintbrushes
Strathmore 400 series watercolour sketchbook 300 gsm
Clairefontaine Paint On Mix Media kraft paper 250 gsm
Spiral bound scrapbook 165 gsm