A commission for a graphite drawing of an office building as a gift for the owner turned into a watercolor, which they chose.
First I figured out which vantage point to take with this long, low building. Then I mocked up the basic lines to make sure I was good with that decision. Next, the pencil drawing. I am not a fan of my pencil work. So on to ink and watercolor, urban sketch style. I was happy and so were they.
Thanks, Moser team, for pushing me into doing some urban work in the middle of my oil and Christmas season. Fun!
I am learning, as I open myself up to more spontaneous illustrations, that I never know where it will take me. It scares me sometimes, yet the time is right. There is this desire to expand that must be satisfied.
When the business blogger sent me an article called Taming the Multitasking Dragon, it only made sense to have a busy dragon. In the end, I left him to stand on his own, no extras, but along the way I learned that researching dragons was not that easy. I mean – no one has actually seen a dragon!
You can look up vintage dragons, you can look up current art on dragons, but in the end, you can do whatever you want with a dragon. I also reviewed bats wings, goats faces, eagle’s talons. The tail was a mix of reptile, squirrel and imagination.
Somehow he ended up pregnant looking, but that was ok. One observer really wanted to just “poke that fat belly.” Yeah – you try that! He has fire!
My goal with the second illustration was to go for a simpler form. I chose to do a line drawing with minimal color, which is not my usual style.
- research art precedents
- brainstorm words that describe the concepts in the chapter we were illustrating
- choose a concept and brainstorm images that would best illustrate the idea
- draw concept sketches
- choose one and thumbnail
- get a roommate to pose for me for reference photos
- (get feedback from class and teacher and start all over again)
- complete the final piece on bristol board with ink and watercolor
M. Scott Peck – The Road Less Traveled
Illustration of chapter 1: Discipline
“Life is a series of problems. Do we want to moan about them or solve them?”
Some have the courage…