Step By Step: Pen, watercolor, and CollageAugust 8, 2018
I make sketches I call piecemeal portraits because I end up running out of paper and have to add paper to them. Typically I do this on loose sheets. But recently I’ve found myself doing it sometimes in my journal too. Today’s portrait is one that I made in my regular journal.
The journal is an 8 x 8 inch square journal I made with the OLD Gutenberg paper (130 gsm version). (Please note this paper was discontinued and then rebooted and the new paper is nothing like what you see in my handmade journals. Currently I can’t recommend the rebooted paper. If they fix the issues…)
Since I had just bound some of this into a book when I ran out of space on the page I pulled out one of my large left over strips of paper from the binding process. I attached it as a fold down to the page.
I’m sorry I don’t have more shots of the various points of creation. Once I start painting I typically forget to take more photos. I’m working on ways to get around this so you can see more of the process.
In the meantime you can see the main stages of this portrait. I sketched from a muse in the Sktchy app. You can see the photo reference if you view my Sktchy profile. (The photo copyright is held by the muse so I can’t reprint it here without permission. My requests typically don’t get answered because communicating directly in the app is image based, not message based. I’ve just given up asking for the most part. So go see my profile if you’re curious.)
The main reason I’m putting this step-by-step up is that several people who saw the final piece couldn’t understand why I said there was collage. I think you’ll be able to see it in the process.
Below is a gallery of the pieces from sketch to finished piece. It includes an enlargement of the final piece.
If you click on the numbers below the image you will scroll through 6 images with a caption on the top. If you click on the image itself you will scroll through larger views of the images and you’ll see captions at the bottom. If you click on the x at the top right in that mode you actually going into a different orientation altogether. And if you click on the x at the top right in that mode you return to the original smaller mode. Whichever way, you get to see large blowups. (It has to do with the way the gallery app interacts with my blog. It hasn’t been a priority to get this glitch fixed. I appreciate your patience. )