Wednesday, 15 January 2014
In the studio today. I've been playing around with various technical aspects of painting - trying to get a fixed working method together for some illustrations I want to do. I seem to have hit on a basis I'm happy with - some very think watercolour paper that I just tape to my desk rather than stretch on a board, a layer of roughly applied black acrylic, a thinner layer of white/grey over the top and then scratched back, and then the image itself painted over the top in thin glazes applied in short brush strokes in a kind of tempera technique.
One of the problems with painting in acrylics is that it can be hard - if you are using a textured ground as I'm doing - to see any pencil lines when you come to lay out your image. This matters when you need to hit a particular mark or repeat a face, say, as is often the case in book illustration.
I have used a waterproof pen here. It did lift a little - but I think that was mainly due to me not waiting long enough. It didn't matter as I am only using shades of grey anyway. It might if I was using colour. We'll see. I have actually used the same pen to draw the mouth over the top at the end.
I have a large notebook full of random images - images I just drew without any end in mind. They are drawn very simply in line only, mostly. I was interested to see if I could take one of these line drawings and make something more resolved from it. I was quite pleased with this beginning.