Left: 6 x 9 inch Canson watercolor board, with quick pen sketch—Platinum Carbon Black Ink Solid Brush Tipped Pen (worn down). There are some brush cleaning marks on this board, made by cleaning my white pen in the negative space, after I had infected it with color doing the next sketch shown below.
Since there was a surplus of Canson Watercolor boards left after the 2016 Minnesota State Fair, I’ve been continuing to play with them. This post rounds out the week of messy fun that came out of this year’s Fair.
In this post you’ll see two 6 x 9 inch boards on which I sketched one evening will nursing an injured back, sitting on a heating pad, and watching TV.
Left: the next sketch I made, using the same Platinum Carbon Black Ink Solid Brush Tipped pen but adding layers of gouache and Montana Acrylic Marker, and a white Sharpie water-based paint pen. I painted in acrylic marker over my gouache background as I didn't like the shade of blue.
The pen sketch was actually pretty good until I decided to “fix” it by going in with revisions that would make it look more like the actual person. Hence the comment you see on that board.
But then I simply couldn’t stop. I made a new sketch (that looked a little more like the person I was sketching) and played with some paint and acrylic markers (with 15mm tips). I didn't want to put any new paint out, but I also didn't want to go to bed until I had painted something that day. You can tell that I am, as usual, really interested in hair.
The resultant image is fussy and overworked, but I love it, because I remember each moment of fun I had while executing it and playing "what if?" What if I paint over that background, layer green about the face, add some of that background blue on the shadowed cheek, the tonality of which I didn't like before adding that…and so on.
Have some fun this weekend embracing mess. You'll learn a lot, work out some frustration, and get an idea for some new directions. The heating pad is optional.
It might even be a good idea to make this a Project Friday!!!!