Rainbow Art Journal – Pink and Gold

This illustration was another experiment in combining different colours. I mixed a deep fuchsia shade by combining two pinks and then set that against a pale and sugary metallic pink and a yellow gold. I also used this illustration as a way to practice drawing hands. They are far too small in proportion to the face but I think I have made some progress with at least suggesting dimension to the hands. Ultimately, I like the fuchsia juxtaposed with the gold but I don’t like the sugary pink against the bolder pink colour as it looks insipid through comparison.

85 - Pink and Gold

Rainbow Art Journal – Indigo and Rose

One of the functions of my Rainbow Art Journal is a place in which I can play around with different colour combinations to determine which ones I really like and which I do not. This page, therefore, is an exploration in a blue and pink colour palette, specifically indigo and quinacridone rose. Since I was working with rose watercolour, I decided to draw a figure holding a rose. Drawing flowers is a real challenge for me but it turned out that it was the girl’s nose that gave me the most trouble. I fussed with it until I really could fuss no more as the pigments were staining ones and were creating mud through all of the painted and lifted layers. It was not quite right at the point of abandonment but it is also not a total wreck. I really do like this colour palette though.

84 - Indigo and Rose

Rainbow Art Journal – Rose and Yellow

This is a “vintage” page in my Rainbow Art Journal. It is an illustration I created with the contents of an Art Snacks box some time back in the Summer of 2019. And doesn’t 2019 feel like even longer ago than it actually is? It is actually interesting to revisit older drawings and to observe areas of improvement. I think I am better at drawing faces in full profile now than I was back when I drew this. I really like that Daniel Smith Quinacridone Rose and think I shall use that again soon.

83 - Rose and Yellow

Rainbow Art Journal – Candy Sprite

Since I instituted a tradition of creating a sprite figure in each colour section of my Rainbow Art Journal, I decided upon a candy sprite for the pink section. I was thinking of what I call candy floss and Americans know as cotton candy. I personally cannot abide the stuff – the texture on my teeth makes me spine crawl – but it was what popped into my head when I was thinking of pink things that could inspire the illustration. As you can see, open mouth smiles are still an area of challenge for me. This has turned out as a bit of a rictus grin. Teeth are tricky too. Something to keep working on.

82 - Candy Sprite

Rainbow Art Journal – Pink Herma

This page already had an element of collage pasted into it, specifically the wine label that forms the basis of the figure. I, therefore, decided to extend the collaged area into a taller column to become the basis of one of my “herma” type figures. I was very out of practice with layering media, particularly when it comes to constructing faces, so I am actually pretty pleased with how this face turned out. I was so indecisive about what to do with the background that I decided upon nothing at all, just leaving it as solid pink.

81 - Pink Herma

Rainbow Art Journal – Pink Explosion

I think you can probably tell that I love vintage photos and old movies from the way I “style” the figures I draw. It is not a conscious choice on my part but I think those influences come through nevertheless. I wanted to try and draw a figure with a bit of a twist in the pose. It took me a while to get that curve to the body right and then I could not get the arms quite right. My solution was to put big puffy sleeves on the arms and to tuck one arm behind the body. Now I am wondering, however, if the arm on the right looks like it is missing its lower portion. I thought it would be fun to “explode” the form to create shapes and make it a bit more visually interesting. I don’t often use the Daniel Smith Opera Pink, even though I love it, because it is such an attention-grabbing colour that it can be difficult to use it among other colours. Using it in an otherwise monochrome, greyscale illustration, therefore, works perfectly.

79 - Pink Explosion

Rainbow Art Journal – Pink and Yellow

This is another page that I actually completed a while ago as it was created with the contents of the May 2021 Art Snacks box. The pink and yellow are Royal Talens gouache, a medium I am still not that familiar or confident with. This was an experiment in using it in different dilutions. I am definitely more comfortable using it in a way that mimics watercolour but I enjoy the possibility of using it in thicker layers too. The colour palette was dictated by what happened to be in the box but I surprisingly rather like this combination. It’s very summery.

78 - Pink and Yellow

Rainbow Art Journal – Nebula

There are so many layers of watercolour on this page. I usually only work in two or three layers so this was a real exercise in patience for me as I waited for each saturated layer to (slowly) dry. The idea was to depict a figure floating inside a nebula. Is that even scientifically possible? No idea! I didn’t bother consulting my astronomy nerd husband because accuracy doesn’t bother me. The spacesuit would possibly set someone’s teeth on edge too as I cobbled it together from various references to spacesuits from different countries and different eras and then simplified the forms.

75 - Nebula

Rainbow Art Journal – If I Had Wings

I was trying to decide what to draw while making my morning mug of tea. I like to look at the birds at my feeder while the kettle boils and I was enjoying the way the light was highlighting the beautiful colours in the feathers of a grackle. Flashes of blues, purples, greens were shining among the rich black. And that was when I decided to draw a figure with wings in those jewel tones. I thought about making the background deep black to better reflect the grackle inspiration for the drawing but decided against it. Maybe I should at a later date? I have annoyed myself by making the wing on the right too stubby. I should have done a bit more pencil scaffolding before I went in with the ink. Apparently this is a lesson I will never learn. Otherwise I quite like this illustration – in large part because I love that Daniel Smith Phthalo Turquoise so much.

73 - If I Had Wings

Rainbow Art Journal – Purple and Yellow

This page in the purple section of my Rainbow Art Journal was simply inspired by a desire to use complementary colours. I pivoted to what is apparently my default setting of drawing a female figure in front of a disc. My husband asked why the people I draw always look miserable. My guess is it may be because neutral expressions are easier for me to draw. So I am making a note to self to try and draw a wider range of expressions.

71 - Purple and Yellow