Wednesday, December 15, 2010

#5

Who lives at #5? What is the letter pushed under the door about? Who is the woman walking away? Questions to ponder.

I'm getting warmed up to watercolors again after not using them for quite a while. I do of course still love my colored pencils - but doing this same piece in pencil would have taken twice as long, at least. For my children's book work I want to be able to work faster, so am going back to this medium. Oh, its not fast - just faster than my pencil technique. I actually don't mind spending time lingering over an illustration, not at all. Its just that deadlines require one to move it out of low gear pretty frequently, and with pencils that's kind of not possible. One just has to work longer to get the same result.

I had to get used to, all over again, how watercolors dry differently than how you put them on - they get lighter, and duller (not shiny, like when they're wet). Well I knew that, but after using pencils for so long, where what you put down is what you get, it was an adjustment.



Its like exercising a different part of your 'art brain', using a different medium. And I think that's good.

7 comments:

Leslie Hawes said...

This is so wonderful.
It puts me in mind of your plaids, but in bricks :)

Gillian said...

Delightful illustration - and I was surprised that it was watercolour as it has that beautiful soft quality of your CP art!

SYLVIANE said...

Wonderful drawing and watercolour, and this beginning of this story gave me some ideas, I'd like to be able to illustrate a story, but...

Janet Pantry said...

Beautiful work, a joy to see. It has all the subtlety and detail so characteristic of your cp work :)

crystal driedger said...

You are ridiculously lovely. Absolutely thrilled that I found you on facebook.

Kerrie Lent said...

Very nice piece of art. I love the composition and patterning!

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Paula, Wow! I'm really enjoying looking at your work. I like your use of watercolor. Great illustration too. I'll have to come back me thinks! Peggy