Monday, May 22, 2006
I've been trying to decide exactly what it is about watercolor and pen that I love so much and how I can best practice this type of art. So yesterday, I worked on an ink sketch of this comfrey (Thanks, Kate, for the photo!) and added several watercolor washes. But lo -- I didn't like the result as well. I felt that the ink was too heavy, too bold.
So today, I went back to my pencil sketching with watercolor added -- and yes! That's it .... with perhaps a bit of ink HIGHLIGHTS. YEAH!!! A lightbulb moment!
It's the juxtaposition, I think, or the blending of two things--the softness of watercolor washes and the crispness of ink ...!
And so today, I set out to redo my comfrey sketch with pencil and watercolor. And rather than add black ink highlights, I rather liked this result with a bit of white ink for the comfrey hairs alongside the softer pencil lines.
I am learning!