In the “In-Context Series” I promised I wouldn’t write a whole lot of text. Just let the page spread stand for itself, but sometimes I feel the need to say a little more, and include a detail image.
This type of spread is what you often see in my journals: a prepainted page with a gouache sketch on top.
On this day, when the paint dried I collaged a doodle I had done earlier in the day on a piece of loose paper. I had wanted to save the doodle and set it aside until I could think of what to do with it. Then the day went to shit, saved by the chicken sketch and it seemed the perfect addition to this spread, with a little bit of Japanese decorative paper.
I find that if a day hasn’t been going well moving the paint around on paper is a great way to reclaim an improved attitude. Even if the painting doesn’t turn out the way you intended there is something rejuvenating about pushing the paint and feeling the drag of the brush.
On this day there was left over gouache on the studio palette. It was also a great way to practice in preparation of the upcoming Minnesota State Fair. (I used a photo from the Sktchy app for a reference, since I don’t know any nearby chickens who are up at 10 o’clock at night.)
In the detail image of today’s sketch you can see how I am working quickly with loose brush strokes, layering paint colors of varying opacity. Only some ink lines on the comb, the leading edge of the beak, and the right side (ours) of the bird are all that is visible of the original Pentel Brush Pen sketch in this image is. Everywhere else I’ve been able to hide the lines with opaque paint. I mixed dark neutrals that I find more interesting than black.