From Watercolor to Digital

I put much more work in the landscape once again. This digital landscape gave me much more margin of error since there are no perfect edges in nature, therefore, they don’t demand precise outlines. In the architecture’s drawing I struggled a lot for the same reason that has been afflicting me in any other digital drawing: can’t get a straight line! I just can’t! Seems like all the assignments and sleepless nights are being useless!

Some UUUGLY Watercolor Landscapes and Architecture

I definitely put more effort in the landscape given that I hate them. Once I got to the architecture, I completely gave up… These are unfortunately some of the best I got because there’s some pretty ugly stuff between the ones I am not posting. The positive outcome of those for which I could care less is that I didn’t spend more than 20 minutes on them 🙂

Line Art, Watercolor & First Digital Character

Okay, let’s talk about it…the most difficult part of this project is scanning and printing it. First, I learned some new things (that should have been obvious by now) about scanning with the right ppi and color quality depending on whether the artwork is line art or color art. Second, it is really hard to find an injekt to print the images with when there is NOBODY WORKING IN THE OUTPUT CENTER, and (as I said in class but nobody ever believes me) BARNETT DOES NOT HAVE AN INJEKT PRINTER! Or actually, they do but it is for LARGE PRINTS, NOT print jobs which are 8.5 x 11! So now, I have to find a solution ASAP!

After venting my emotions, I would like to discuss the pieces. I am not going to talk too much about my line art piece, for I believe it is not any different from the other line art pieces I worked on (with the exception that the subject matter in this one is ridiculously cute). For my turtle, I tried to mimic a technique used by many artists who work primarily with watercolor. The bottom-right side of the turtle turned out a little muddy, but if I added more color on top I would have probably made it worse. Sometimes it is better to stop instead of overworking the piece. For what it concerns the creation of my character… well, it definitely did not turn out as well as I expected. In the past, I tried to create “Marvel style” characters, but I seem to struggle a lot when I try to project on paper what is in my head. This character is a practical example of what I am trying to say. As everyone can see the proportions, highlights, and shadows are a little off and perhaps I did not convey my ideas as I wanted. This might depend on the fact that I yet have to find a personal style.

Watercolor

Watercolor has always been difficult for me to control. I am happy with some of these drawings (considering that I have a hard time dealing with watercolor). I learned through practice that adding more pigment is the key to obtain nice work, the problem with that is that once the color is on the paper, no matter how much water you add to fix it, it WILL NOT be fixed!

Line art: animals

I believe animals are one of the most complicated subjects to portray. The texture of fur/feathers/scales/…has always been challenging for me to replicate the way I want to. The challenge amplifies when the media I am using is a sharpie. Surprisingly I am happy enough with the outcome of some of these drawings.

P.S.= the dog looks weird.