In the Kitchen
Method & Medium:
|3229 pixels X 2503 pixels|
|Wacom Intuos pressure-sensitive drawing tablet|
This drawing is an idea for a children’s book that I worked up into a series of sketches. Although the idea never got past the drawing stage, this piece is a good example of one of the stages of my usual working method.
Here I’d already done all the rough “thinking-out-loud-on-paper” sketches, and this is the final, precise line drawing I always make before beginning to apply paint.
Let’s say I’m going to paint it now. Here’s how I would proceed:
- First I’d import the drawing into Corel Painter and put it on it’s own layer.
- Then I’d create another blank layer below this, the place where I will apply paint.
- Next I would begin applying broad blocks of transparent color over the entire paint layer. The reference drawing would float above the paint and remain visible. I could turn the drawing layer’s layer’s visibility on and off at will, and also change its opacity.
- I almost always end up with a bit of a mess at this stage. And that’s good; it’s part of how I set up base color schemes. Happy accidents and all that.
- Once the painting layer was completely filled with various muted and sloppy colors, I’d begin coaxing the details from the mess.
- Because I nibble away with tiny brushes and equally tiny brush strokes, from here on in it’s always a long, protracted undertaking.
- Slowly, slowly forms and textures would begin to emerge.
- I keep at it until I reach as stage where I’m satisfied with the result. At that point I deem the painting finished and I copy it as a Photoshop file.
During the entire painting process I would keep the another copy of the precise line drawing open on my second computer screen for easy reference.