As I have mentioned in previous blog posts, one of the ways in which I use my Rainbow Art Journal is as a record of art supplies I own and the way they behave on the paper I use for art journaling (Canson Mixed Media). This illustration, therefore, was created using the two shades of yellow in my set of Dr Ph Martin Hydrus watercolours – hansa yellow and gamboge. My intention was to be much looser in my creation of a figure on the page but I guess I couldn’t suppress my control freakery enough so the illustration ended up pretty tight regardless. She is one of those sprite type characters I have drawn before and I decided she could represent sunshine. I added a circle in the background using a yellow watercolour pencil and then I filled the rest of the background with spatter. It’s a very imperfect drawing but I had fun creating her and process is much more important to me than outcome when art journaling.
She looks happy and I do like splatters.
Thank you. I do like spatter a lot.
I think you used your yellow theme quite well. I like how she is effortlessly floating.
Thanks, Sharon. I am so glad you see her as floating as I was hoping she would have that sort of fairy sprite quality.
Good job! It can be hard to get enough contrast when using yellow – and you managed to do it well!!
Thank you. Yes, I had not appreciated how tricky it would be to create a sense of depth and shadow with yellow watercolour – hence my cheating a wee bit with some grey.
Not cheating a bit to add grey!!!! According to my color wheel (and my memories of Color Theory class in art school) it’s called “adding tone” i.e adding grey to any hue creates a tone, adding white creates a tint and adding black creates a shade. One of the exercises we had to do in art school was to take each primary color and create a tonal range graduated scale. On one edge of a paper would be the out-of-tube yellow. On the opposite end of the paper would be an out-of-tube white. We’d mix 5 to 12 steps between them – then do the same exercise 2 more times, one with a 50% grey tone and another with an out-of-tube black. Let me emphasize that you were NOT cheating! In fact you were pleasing the art-eye-game-gods tremendously!! 😉
Ha! I did the exact same art lesson back in High School.
No wonder you’re so good then!! 😉
I like her little feet and their positioning. Somehow they say lighthearted!
Thanks. I like your positive spin on the too small feet. 😊
No spin, I think they are elegant. And the daintiness of them fits the character perfectly.