Reproduction from the ‘Daytripper’ graphic novel

6 Jul Detail of the speech bubble "if you travel too fast, all you're gonna see is a blur and you'll never really meet anyone interesting.", the rope and fish
Here are a few pictures I took while making a 30×18 cm watercolor after one image of the graphic novel “Daytripper” by Fábio Moon & Gabriel Bá:
pencil sketch

Pencil sketch

Wet blue wash and blue droplets over the masking gum

Wet blue wash and blue droplets over the masking gum

Several layers of blue wash to render the light underwater

Several layers of blue wash to render the light underwater

Peeling off the masking gum. Unfortunately paper was peeled off as well.

Peeling off the masking gum. Unfortunately paper was peeled off as well.

Brown hulls of rowing boats, fish colours, ropes as well

Brown hulls of rowing boats, fish colours, ropes as well

Details in the foreground rope, details on the hulls and silhouettes of people done

Detailing the fish using a Pentel black brushpen

Detailing the fish using a Pentel black brushpen

Final result with text in speech bubble

Final result with text in speech bubble

The watercolour is now cut and framed

The watercolour is now cut and framed

Photo of the framed painting on my desk between the palette and the computer displaying the reference picture.

Photo of the framed painting on my desk between the palette and the computer displaying the reference picture.

 

Man gazing at blooming tree

12 Jun
My friend Daniel gave me a book on Chinese Brush Painting. Although I have owned for years now three or four Chinese brushes and a few sheets of rice paper, I was not ready for this undertaking, and chose to continue with watercolor, since I have recently enjoyed it so much (and my vacation was getting to an end, so I went for the most gratifying process.)

 

It took me several attempts sketching the figure to keep to realistic proportions (the man still has a slightly too big head), I used a Pentel black pigment Brushpen, which performs wonderfully on really thin and thick lines:

I then erased the pencil and turned to watercolor. I used alizarin crimson for the flowers:

I added a few touches of black with my Brushpen to create the details of the flowers. I prepared yellow watercolor and painted the hat by drawing rays and leaving some white. I darkened my yellow with yellow ochre and added a few touches to the hat and went on painting the skin. I darkened further the mix with a bit of burnt sienna to paint the stick. Lastly I mixed a bit of turquoise and white to paint the belt.

I added water to my ochre/brown mix and with a light wash painted the background so the white robe would stand out. Here is the resulting painting framed (12.2 x 17.2 cm):

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