We are officially in the thick of it all now, aren't we? Thanksgiving is over, we're stuffed and a little disgusted with ourselves, and vowing to never eat again; while at the same time are looking at cookie recipes and stopping for that seasonal foo-foo coffee drink with the whipped cream on top while out shopping because, after all, its just once a year. Yeah.
I'm cooking up some new art with a teapot theme. This little guy was a test piece to work out some fiddly materials / technique ideas. Part of me wants to go back to watercolors, alone. The other part of me is such a diehard colored penciller now that no matter how I start out, I break out the pencils at some point.
I'm working on illustration board now, instead of paper. I did some fiddling with my water soluble pencils (Inktense and Faber Castells) and had a nice "watercolor" painting going. Then of course out came the Lyras and Pablos.
I'm trying to get myself to shift from "render it out completely" like I do when I'm doing one of my realistic drawings, to being more illustrative. I have to consciously "think" one or the other, or I find myself falling into old habits. Decorative illustration and realistic rendering are closely related, but not the same thing.
If we could do one of those x-ray things they do on daVinci's paintings, we'd find at least 3 completely different versions of this, on different layers! To most of you, this probably looks like everything else I do, and you most likely glazed over at my whole explanation of it all. But if you're a fellow artist, you can relate. Experimenting with your materials and techniques never goes away. Leonardo did it too! Sadly, sometimes it didn't work out (like the Last Supper). But I think I just made myself feel a little better about my own wanderings.
Hope you're all enjoying this little "in-between" week, to rest from one holiday and gear up for another. I will be tucked in working, and also having some yard chores done before the big rains start up. Right now I'm going to go fix a new cup of coffee (no whipped cream), and get back to it.