Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in All My Relations, Journal, Newest Series | 2 comments

Sketch for woman with mice watercolor

Initial sketch

Here is the initial sketch for what I am working on at the moment.

outline for a painting

beginning of a new artwork

I want to work larger and am trying out different supports. So first I drew out the composition onto some Arches illustration board that I bought as part of this experiment.  It was so large that I had to put the board on the easel so I could stand back to get the proportions correct.

After sketching in the approximate shapes with a pencil, I then penned in the basic outlines with my Uniball Signo. At this point I see that I needed something thicker for this larger size so I tried out a few lines with brush and ink to compare. I will need some of that strength.

new drawing setup

My new drawing setup for large drawings.

My new table is already getting junked up (the one I showed you in my last post.) I am still clearing stuff out of the studio and this portable drawing thingamajig was one of the things I had slotted to go. I haven’t used it before but it turned out to be perfect for my new drawing, er painting, whatever it is.

I don’t know if it is a drawing or a painting because I don’t know what I am doing yet. I am experimenting, and almost every step I take feels unknown. For example the Arches illustration board is a possible alternative to stretching watercolour paper. But the jury is still out. It is kind of awkward, so big and stiff to work with and without any possibility to change the composition at a later time. 

Watercolor drawing in progress

in progress

Before I got too far along, I popped in some colour. I knew that jacket was going to be red (you can see my reference for the coat on the left) but at this point I don’t know if I will add any more colour.

woman in uniform, drawing yet unfinished

Drawing in progress

But then I see that I can’t leave her skin the colour of the paper as I often do. This illustration board is a cool white, she would look like the undead. Every piece that I fill with colour feels like a risk. I don’t know how much will be coloured, how much won’t. I put in the next piece of colour then reevaluate.

unfinished pen and watercolour drawing

Where I left it today

And here is where I left it before writing this post. You can click on it to see it a lot larger.

I am excited about this work. I don’t think I have ever done a formal drawing this large before. I love that she is wearing a man’s uniform and the mystery of the entire story.

But there is a long way to go yet before it is finished.

Moon over Byron Beach

Before I let you go, a full moon picture over the beach from a few weeks ago.


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