Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Spouting about Watercolor.
I know I said I wasn't going to do any preliminary drawing, but there are some situations that require it. This one came along in Bazaar's April issue, which arrived yesterday morning. I liked the full figures with feet in a Tommy Hilfiger ad. Usually the models have no feet in Bazaarand if they do,they're incredibly tiny. The cluster of women would make an excellent dekooningesque grand painting. Why not experiment with it with watercolor first? No reason.
Though experimenting with free-hand drawing with paint, I do think there are situations that require preliminary drawing. Figurative subjects is one--and another is if some blocking out will be required to maintain the white of the paper for highlights. The white button mums in Sunday's Spider Mum painting should have been protected from the paint.
Then I detailed the first two free hand watercolors--something I said I wouldn't do. I couldn't help it. I'm a designer. Lines are in my blood. Designers thrive on details. Unable to stand the total absence of definition,I went back into both Mums and Panda and tweaked a few things. Now the mums have identifiable leaves and the model has boobs, eyes and a mouth.