Deepest Forest–WIP2


The second day’s work on this piece.  As you can see, the warm colors are coming in.

I suppose it would be useful to describe the palette I chose for this.  The RYB colors are Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Yellow, and Cerulean Blue (Winsor & Newton).  I’m also using Payne’s Grey and a bit of Permanent Rose in places.  Now that I have the basic hues down, I’m going to start developing more depth of color and detail across the painting.

I’m very happy to be working on my new laptop; Photoshop loads in less than 5 seconds on it and it’s spectacular.  Having my art computer be able to talk to the internet is going to be extremely nice.

Deepest Forest–WIP 1


Here’s the first round of work on this piece.  I’m quite happy with the way the paper is staying flat after stretching it, though I need to refine the process.  This is also not indicative of the overall palette of the piece; the upper right half is going to have a lot of warm colors and yellows in it.  Then I’ll pull some earth tones into the upper part of the tree/bridge that will hopefully help unify it.  The tree trunk is also going to get more solid and dark as I add more layering to it.

I started in on that upper portion today and I’m worried it’s not quite meshing yet, but we’ll see.  I’ll take a picture of it when I get the sun back tomorrow.  : P

Deepest forest–pencil preview


This is the pencils I have laid down for my next watercolor piece.  You can see here that I’ve actually stretched the paper this time (we’ll see how well it works once I start painting on it, though).

I’ve found that the best medium for this stage is the .5mm mechanical pencil I’ve loaded with 4H lead.  That is about three steps harder of a graphite than your standard pencil.  It works better because 1) much, much less smearing, which is something I’ve always struggled with (right-handed person who always manages to start on the right-hand side of a composition).  And 2), the graphite isn’t nearly as dark or heavy, which is the effect I want when I’m going to paint on top of it.  It’s very good for lightly sketching; you just have to be careful not to press too hard because the pencil is much more prone to indenting the paper, which will definitely be noticeable.

The next step here is to do some color tests on another sheet of paper.  I may try out the water brush I picked up and see if it’s better at the detail work.