Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Black Vinyl


















I'm continuing to experiment with watercolor, markers, ink and acetate.

As an exercise to improve my drawing skills, I start out drawing a figure in pencil, struggling to work out problems with proportion and accuracy, and ending up with a not-so-lovely pencil drawing. Then I throw that on a lightbox and, using it as a guide, loosely draw with ink and markers on acetate (I have lots of acetate left over from the old days of keyline/mechanical boards. You young kiddies won't know what the heck I'm talking about . . . heh heh.)

I do a separate watercolor, again very loosely, just playing with color and not worrying too much about anything but pleasing color and brushstrokes.

Finally, I combine the ink drawing and the watercolor in Photoshop, cleaning up a bit if necessary. Sometimes I'm pleased, sometimes it's a total throwaway but I do feel like I learn something from each one.

Inspired by a stock photo from Onnagata-stock on DeviantART.


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12 comments:

Chris Wahl said...

Woah.

This is officially my favourite piece from you, Chrissie. That inking is fantastic!

Chrissie A said...

Many thanks for that wonderful comment, Chris! Very much appreciated! :)

Josh Ulrich said...

ooo, this is very nice. Excellent rendition of the photograph. Great loose ink work, and I love your color choices. Would definately love to see more stuff like this. Great work!!

Chrissie A said...

Hey, Josh--thanks a bunch! :)

Heather said...

I just love this piece, wonder mood you set with the color tones. Great work as always Chrissie.

Heather ;O)

MR.C said...

great colors, esta muy bueno tu blog, gran linea

Marc said...

Chrissie that is outstanding!! I your line work is incredible - lose and flowing with a wonderful use of blacks.

I'm totally jealous.

MM

Chrissie A said...

marc, mr. c and heather--thanks so much for the kind words!!

2danimator said...

great movement. i like the way the shading and highlights are done using different colors. nice technique. great variety of lines. sorry haven't commented more often but i do love your work as always. thanks for the help in the forum.

Goobeetsablog said...

gorgeous drawing.
so alive!


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Anonymous said...

Chrissie,

Just back........Black Vinyl is magnificent!!!!!
Please do more like this. Truly inspiring
to look at and enjoy. This is your
absolute best work....I love it.

Artfish

nadja said...

I love this one, great use of the ink and color. I did find lots of other cool stuff on your site though!