jueves, 17 de julio de 2014

Udaipur from a window

I've realized that I had not yet posted this final sketch (on the back cover) of my travel sketchbook to India. I was out of pages, but I had this amazing view of the city from the hotel window, so I filled it as best as I could in the early morning. BTW, I enjoyed Udaipur, which is kind of off the main tourist circuit (Golden Triangle), far more than more popular places like Taj Mahal, Delhi or Jaipur. It was easier to wander on the streets and do your thing. I even found the time to spend a couple of hours with a local artist to see how they paint on silk. The elephant of the second pic is all mine (it's obvious, because it's all asymmetrical, too). The watercolor was done in a Stillman & Birn Gamma sketchbook. 



domingo, 13 de julio de 2014

Maleficent

I realized this week that it had been years since I did any watercolor (I color everything with watercolors, but, of course, it's not the same) and, since I had some spare time this sunday, I decided it was time to practice. I decided to draw Maleficent (one of the best movies to go watch with your god-daughter, mind you :D) because I wanted to dabble with all the green washes, so first things first, I sketched Angelina Jolie (as best as I could in 10 minutes tops) using a S sepia Pitt marker. I added some shadows with a B Pitt warm grey before I applied any color at all. I even decided to go all crazy and use some mask fluid that had been in a box for at least 7 years. Gee, it still works!


This is what I got after I applied the first wash of blue/dark grey color, leaning the sketchbook top-bottom so that pigment would go down.


This is the second go at colors, in this case leaning the sketchbook bottom top so the green and yellow would go upwards. I also used the wet on wet technnique to get some random water effect in the background. You can see that the parts where I put mask fluid are all white. Not cool.


After adding some blue to the masked areas and some shadow to the tunic, we are almost done ...


... but I ALWAYS outline the outer border of the sketch to gain some depth quick and easy.


And this is the size of the sketch: A3 if anyone was wondering, i.e. way larger than I'm used to.