Wednesday, February 28, 2007

my process

Apperently I took photographs of my process on this piece, "girl with a violen." I did it a couple of years ago, back when I had an OC (Oklahoma Christian University) laptop. I have since dropped out of college and turned in my laptop, but this morning I decided to bring some of my old back up CD's to work, to look at what all they contained. I had totally forgoten that I ever took these pictures.
So here it is:

I drew the different elements of the scene, the girl and the house, on tracing paper.
Then, arranged them where I wanted and taped them together.
Then I traced them onto watercolor paper with a black pen. I didn't trace everything,
and some details were just traced in pencil.

Next, the colored pencil. Only Prismacolors will do.

Then more colored pencil, and some acrylic paint.

More paint, more color, more pen, lots of layers. The final illustration:


Anonymous said...

In your comments about the girl with violin painting you said you "traced them onto watercolor paper with a black pen." I'm new to all this, could you tell me what that means? I guess what I'm asking is HOW do you "trace" them onto watercolor paper..what is the specific technique? I think this would be very helpful information for me, and thanks in advance for your comments.


Whatbox said...

I use a lightbox. And tracing paper. the tracing paper allows plenty of light through, so i can actually see the drawing through the water color paper enough to trace it.(regular papre wouldn't) also the drawing on the tracing paper has to be very dark.
the black pens i use are just drawing pens of verying sizes.

is that clearer?

Anonymous said...

Yes, and thanks so much!
While I don't have a light box (yet) I think I can get the job done by
taping the tracing paper to a south facing window, then taping the watercolor paper to the window, on top of the tracing paper. I'll try it!

Thanks again,

phthaloblu said...

Thanks for sharing your process. It was so nice to see how you work and the final illustration is just beautiful. Yes, only Prismacolors....

Linda T said...

Neat process. Did you realize, though, that the girl is playing the violin backwards?

Whatbox said...

linda t
oops! I didn't realize that. maybe she's left handed and had a special violen made?

barb, that's exactly what i did before i bought a light box.