Ta da! Done!
It’s not perfect, but with some light highlighting done with Dr. P.H. Martin’s Ink White (or whatever it’s called), Shane and Ravi pop out of the flowery background!
Now, the one thing I don’t really like about this is how my scanner picks up the texture almost too much— it doesn’t seem nearly this textured when you’re holding the piece in natural or normal indoor light, and I may even have to see about taking a super high quality photograph of it instead.
But, I’ll deal with that later.
I also started another painting and took some step-by-step photos of that as well, so look forward to that (maybe?) soon!
Welcome to Night Vale (Live)
So, I went to a live performance of Welcome to Night Vale tonight in Greensboro, N.C., and it was FANTASTIC. I’m not super into the series (mostly for lack of time to listen to it all) but what I’ve heard I’ve enjoyed and the fanworks always impress me.
The live show was really well done and the audience (myself included) had a great time.
While I was listening, I was working on that Shane and Ravi watercolor painting, trying to finish it up this weekend (and I was probably an awkward sight trying to balance my watercolor pad, my palette, and a cup of water on my lap). I finished all the color work and put it aside, ready for highlights.
Since there was plenty of time left, I decided to just mess around on another piece of paper, and I ended up painting a kind of simple, but nice Welcome to Night Vale landscape piece. I finished just as the show wrapped up and we were being quickly shuffled out, and one of the guys working at Geeksboro (where the show was) even let me take it down to give to the Night Vale guys before we had to hit the road to head back.
So that is why I don’t have a picture to share with you. Because instead of my usual modus operandi of gift art where I simply take a crappy phone picture of a piece I worked on before I give it away, I actually just.. neglected/forgot to take a picture altogether.
WIP part 3!
So, not a lot of visual progress on this. Darkened some shadows, filled in some more color on Shane and Ravi, and started pushing the depth on the flowers behind them.
That said, I’m starting to approach the final parts of this— hopefully it’ll be done in one or two more updates!
commission for shadradraws!
these guys were a lot of fun to draw :)
GUYS LOOK AT THE COMMISSION I GOT FROM KNIGHTJJ
/LOOK AT IT/.
*dissolves into a puddle of adoration and childish squeals*
WIP part 2!
So, I started this watercolor painting, right?
And then I had typed up this whole thing right here explaining the stuff I did except it DISAPPEARED WHEN I TRIED TO ADD TAGS TO THIS POST
1) I added color to Shane and Ravi
2) I added blue shadows/definition to the azalea bushes
3) I added more pencil lines to define the stone path or whatever they’re sitting on
4) I griped about this cheap cold press 300 g paper being cheap and not as good as my normal Arches stuff
An artist trading card I did the other day. More mermaid concept work!
And by work, I mean doodles.
So I started a new piece! This is going to eventually be a postcard print for a friend of mine.
Anyway, this is kind of the ‘general’ way I start pieces these days. It’s kind of the half-assed way of doing things, so everything’s kind of de-saturated and messy, but it’ll get cleaned up a little bit later on in the process. I can’t do a lot of reworking on this kind of cheap watercolor paper, but for what I’m doing at such a small size, it works.
Already I see a lot of places I’m going to need to make adjustments the next time I work on it, so hopefully I’ll be able to upload another scan after that for people to see a little bit more of my process!
Sketchadoodle before class today. HMMMMMMMM.
I gotta stop posting my doodles to the wrong account. MAN.
Worldbuilding: Faeries & Changelings
Since this is my art/process blog, I figured it’s a fine place to ask for some input! I’m currently starting my worldbuilding process for a story I’d like to draw, ideally as a comic. So!
Can you guys recommend to me books or other resources on both Western ‘classical’ faerie/changeling myths (Western Europe, with the Summer/Winter courts, etc), as well as (and perhaps with an emphasis on) things to do with other cultural myths/folklore about baby-stealing/replacing monsters?
I’d like a framework to start from, but I have really no desire to rehash the classical faerie courts, nor do I want to lift too many ideas from stuff like White Wolf’s ‘Changeling’ system (which will be a resource I’m going to look into, but later in my process).