You inspire everytime I see your pieces...thanks for your contribution to DA. I do have a question though, I notice the majority of your pieces are close ups of your models/people. Your still able to pack a balanced atmosphere around them but I'm wondering why you favor this close up style?
Thanks! The reason I love to do portraits is... well, because I love portraits. I love faces and eyes and what I can do with them. I used to do lots of full body poses and it didn't give me as much satisfaction. I would probably do larger pieces (most of mine are 11x14") to include full figures, but it's just more time efficient for me to work smaller.
Hey Maria...how did the bristol work for you as far as the watercolors? I did a piece for the good vs. evil, and I used watercolor on illustration board- it was a nightmare. Every time I tried to layer a wash, the wash beneath it would almost always come up...is that a bristol problem too, or was it ok? I'd like to come away with more hair after my next watercolor than I did with that last piece
Are you using smooth or vellum? I almost always use vellum (textured), and haven't noticed that problem. My washes are also really thin on this, and I alternate between watercolor and colored pencil layers. Also, the best surface I've found for pure watercolor is lightweight illustration board by Strathmore, you might want to give it a try.
I was using smooth illustration board. It was a nightmare! I'll have to keep my eye out for the Strathmore stuff if I ever decide to try it again. It really put me off on ever using Illustration board for watercolor again.
It nearly ruined the piece- thankfully I was able to salvage it by using colors that don't come up as easily, but the damage was done. Here is a link to the piece [link]
You can see how weak the tones are, especially in the blanket and the demons. The blanket was the worst- the purple kept coming up, so I had to resort to that brownish color near the angel. I hate how the pulling made the blanket look messy as far as the color goes- the only part of the whole thing that worked was the angel, but I didn't do many washed on her, and I used a lot of thick watercolor on her...it was the only way to salvage anything
Rofl Thanks. I may do another someday...it just took me so long to put the drawn composition together, as I did it piece by piece. The thought of doing that again so soon is nightmarish! Thanks for the kind words. It sounds ridiculous, but most of the time when I do a big piece like that, all I end up seeing are the mistakes