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Other work from late December 2017

5 Jun
I doodled a few Moebius’ figures to test how badly black ink bleeds against alcoholic ink. Maybe I didn’t let it dry enough, but the Uni-ball pin pens supposedly don’t bleed but they did:

A bit frustrated, I continued with a Moebius’ figure of a queen in heaven, part of an illustration of Dante’s Divine Comedy, but this time I used a Pentel Brushpen and watercolor:

This one I liked doing very much! I used a Pentel Brushpen for the black background and a white Posca pen for the zebra:

Vieux Nice (opus 1)

5 Jun
I spent a dozen hours or so, spread over three days, on a painting I did for a friend who loves city scenes that capture the ‘local taste’, the rhythms of balconies, and the way buildings in some Riviera town cascade into each other and vary.

 

I chose a view of the Old Nice, near the Cours Saleya, that featured colourful façades, a bell tower, tree tops and the iconic blue window blinds.
2B pencil sketch:
Then I did the outline using a 0.05 mm black Uni-ball Pin pen, and delimited the space with masking tape (glittery black was all I had –classy!):
Painting with shades of yellow, ochre, blue:

Once the red and green are in, this is done. Here is the resulting 30×20 cm watercolor:

Framed and ready to ship! (30×40 cm)

Practicing watercolor

5 Jun
All of these were done in a Moleskin watercolor book (21×13 cm), and are safely away from view.

 

I chose a YouTube video featuring a lovely Tuscany landscape and advertising it was very simple and ideal for beginners. The result isn’t entirely bad but it’s far from being good:
Following as best as I could the instructions in a “watercolor for beginners” manual, here is a winter field landscape, because I wanted to practice painting trees in particular and was intrigued by the splattering technique for the bluish snow (that you get by tapping your brush against your other hand close to where you want the projections to land):
From the same “watercolor for beginners” manual, I tried my hand on a woman doing laundry in the shade, interested by the technique of using a white pastel stick to draw the clothes lines. The only part I like is the foliage however.
Here are a goldfish that looks part grumpy, part menacing, and a couple of delicate magnolia flowers:
Lemon:

Goldfish triptych

5 Jun
The exercise consisted in using masking fluid to paint the blue backgrounds and save the white for the goldfish:
The masking fluid was painstakingly slow to peel off, left some residue and I ended up scraping paper a bit in places:

I filled the first goldfish with black ink from a Pentel Brushpen (which is awesome for very thin lines as well as large areas) after painting the fins, tail, eyes and mouth in bright orange watercolor:

The second and third goldfish were a mix of bright orange watercolor, black on some fins, eye and mouth, and to cover the masking fluid residue I applied a layer of white watercolor paint:

I framed those and painted the frame bright orange as well before adding a layer of varnish:

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