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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When I declared “never again” to the idea of painting over collage, I neglected to remember that I had been pasting random scraps of collage materials throughout pages in my rainbow art journal. I, therefore, have to experience the challenge of working with collage as a substrate a few more times before I finally close this art journal.
This page of pink scraps and book pages was at least fairly flat as I had glued it down while my matte medium was still in a smooth and pliable state. Given the challenges of painting over collage, I decided to create an illustration that involved chunky shapes, something whimsical without much detail. The result was this flying pig. While it was not intentional, the “clothing” on the torso is reminiscent of the Disney version of Piglet.
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.
This illustration is based on a photo shared as part of the #Tekenuurtje challenge on Instagram. I thought the pose and clothes would be fun to draw and I really did enjoy working on this illustration, especially the hair and the folds in the sleeves.
*The only way I can figure out to share the original image is via the post on my Instagram account where swiping will take you to the source photo.
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.
This is the first page in the pink section of my Rainbow Art Journal. The scrappy background was the result of me scraping leftover paint from other projects onto that page. I then created the bunny silhouette, inspired by the zombie bunnies I like to draw, and then added the (anatomically inaccurate) skeleton using a Posca paint pen. The execution is not my best work but I like Skelebun as a character so I think I may have a crack at drawing him in ink and watercolour.
I actually completed this illustration during a meet up with my local art journaling group. Once a month, we used to gather in a local coffee shop and work on our own art projects. That all came to an end when Covid sent us into lockdown in March 2020 and it has not been resurrected. The fact that this page was completed pre-pandemic is a reminder of just how long I have been working on this project. Man, I really need to get this journal finished.