I’ve been practicing taking pose ref and building a fictional scene around it, and decided to focus in on people having quiet moments together; I’ve also been trying to use more soft gradients in watercolour, which is DEFINITELY one of the trickier parts of the medium, so it’s been a great challenge! It’s also taught me the value of good watercolour paper, but I suspect that’s a lesson I’ll keep re-learning. So far the Fluid 100 line, which is 100% cotton, has been holding up better than I expected for something so affordable! Not quite as cheap as the paul rubens 100% cotton paper, but available in much bigger sizes.
It’s maybe not evenly distributed yet throughout these drawings, but I am trying – for real, really really trying – to find a fun and charming and simple way to cartoon faces that feels repeatable for me.
What do you think?
Drawn from memories of new growth in forests recovering from floods, making use of Windsor & Newton and Daniel Smith watercolours. Pigments used include green apatite genuine and fuchsite, adding a shimmer to the painting in person.
This gouache painting, 11×14″ in size, features a singular cherubim, all wings and eyes and movement. It was inspired by Madeleine L’Engle’s novel A Wind in the Door and is a tribute to the Rowena Morrill cover illustration.
This illustration, featuring a 5th Edition D&D cleric named Brialma, was painted in gouache on hot press watercolour paper, at about 8 x 10″ in size. The scene is taken from 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons, or DnD, and was inspired by some of our in-play failures to detect or defend our characters against monsters and traps.
This gouache painting is about 7 x 9″ in size, on watercolour paper. It’s an exploration of the geological identity of some parts of Gros Morne National Park, in Newfoundland, Canada. The green serpentine crystals are growing from the granite and serpentinite mix of Gros Morne, specifically the Tablelands. The dark spruce and fir trees are silhouetted against distant hills and rolling fog. This piece is my love letter to that gorgeous park and the sense of magic it has.