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I had lots of fun with this. I combined loose watercolor with digital. Still trying new ideas, trying to find my 'digital style'.
First I painted all the illustrations with watercolor pencils on a sheet of Arches. Then those got scanned in and placed on the page, and I did some linework with Photoshop. Next came the type. I really really tried to stay loose (except for the printed type, but even that is 'casual') as a counterpoint to my usual 'so tight I squeak' pure colored pencil work.
Here's how the naked watercolored fig looked before it got scanned and fiddled with digitally.
I really enjoyed sitting at the dining room table (not the drawing board) with my cup of coffee and a kitty laying on a blanket under the lamp on a rainy afternoon, painting like this (the watercolor part, I mean). It was lovely to get away from the formal drawing table set up and feel a little freer. Sometimes when one is at the board one can feel, dare I say it, chained. Am I right? Not always, just sometimes. Its good to change things up now and then. I'm finding that a combination of time at the board, the computer, and somewhere else (usually kitchen or dining room table) makes for a much more enjoyable illustrating experience! That's not rocket science, but I'm just saying.
So anyway. That's the fig recipe.
Then there's this guy ~
He embodies a spirit I would like to embrace in my work. I think there will be a lot more of this guy and his kinfolk coming from my pencil in days to come.
Happy Spring everybody!