Monday, March 31, 2008
Time to add color!
Today I begin the second phase of illustrating Ron, a picture book for Dutton. In the first phase, I worked completely monochromatic, using Payne's Gray watercolor. The second phase will involve overlaying transparent oil colors, and then topping off with opaque highlights.
Actually, I began the second phase last week, but realized I wasn't ready. My images were too heavy on the middle tones, with not enough contrast. So I sealed the watercolor base and worked out the contrast issues with Titanium White and Mars Black acrylic paint.
I spent the weekend adding subtle details, correcting some inconsistencies, and then, with a clothes iron, I ironed the paintings flat. Even with the heavier paper, my paintings were warped. I had planned to take a few more days to refine the underpaintings but, honestly, I'd only be procrastinating. As I said before, this is a new technique for me, so I'm very nervous. At this point, there's no turning back. There's not enough time to start over and return to my more familiar technique, where I create a very loose Burnt Sienna underpainting (to use as a guide only), and then paint over it with opaque acrylics.
Today I take the plunge. I'll be buried for the next month, or so. I'll try to post some in-progress shots later.
Side note: The book, on my table, peeking in from the left, it's Probuditi by Chris Van Allsburg. Inspiration. Chris is a master at creating monochromatic images.
In other news: My baby daughter graduates this month. She'll have a degree in medical assisting. And she's already found a job with a medical clinic! I was upset with her when she graduated from high school, and took out a loan for a brand new car. But she worked full-time, paid for her car, and studied hard for her classes. And she likes giving people shots.
My son received his report card. Straight A's!