From sketch to watercolor to digital

I bought a Canson watercolor pad for 7 dollars. In my paper stash there is a Fabriano pad that cost me about 30. I’ve used one sheet of paper from that one. I was attempting to do Katie Rodger’s class on painting a story.I took this class around September 2014.

I pulled out the painting last week and as I see it… the drawing isn’t bad, The idea behind it isn’t bad either. I titled it “In the powder room”. Girls getting ready to step out into a ball.

This is a classic pencil sketch to watercolor. The paper is very rough so when scanning it, the texture is a bit overwhelming.


It’s certainly lopsided and not very proportionate but I like the colors and the cute, barely defined faces on the girls.

I continue with the watercolor adventure, right now I’m drooling over this set of paints that costs a small fortune. Every day I learn a little trick and I’m anxious about trying it out but no matter how fast you want to go with these things, there is a learning curve. Watercolors are hard.

Yesterday I learned how to give form to a painting with just the primary colors.

It doesn’t really show, but the dress would have seemed flatter without the technique.

I’m a big believer in letting things sit for a while after you’re “done” with them. When I write or when I draw, the second I feel I’m finished, I put it away and start working on something else. Then after a few days I go back to it and I see all the things that can be worked on. It never fails. Even a blog post, I let it sit in draft mode until I feel it’s really finished and I can hit publish.

I say everything is useful because when I get overwhelmed by the amount of papers and sketches, the filled notebooks, the mess on my desk I remind myself that after some time, when  going back and revising those early works, there is something very me that wants to develop. A lot of beginning artists are overly concerned about finding a style and it just doesn’t happen quickly, not even in a year’s time.

“When playing with art materials and expressive possibilities, the most fundamental advice is Withhold your desires for outcomes” – from Trust the Process

Today, after a long struggle with a client, I decided to explore a bit of the techniques in the Lecture Lab, not for my assignment because I’m still way behind, but for a self-portrait that came about after I was playing around with my dip-pen.

On the left, my double life, HTML and CSS by day, to the right, the dream of perfecting my sketches into something worthwhile.

And you, are you having fun with your creative endeavors?