Thursday, April 21, 2011

Illustration Friday: Journey

(Ack--since when do the new topics get posted before 10 am on Friday? I was going to get in on the tail end of "journey"--)

It is of course nonsense to call this a "journey" picture, when it's obviously the companion to "duet" from a couple weeks ago, but it is true, though, that the making of this picture has been a journey. I made the sketch (on watercolor paper, because I'm way way too lazy and impatient to do sketches on other paper, and heavens, transfer them to the good paper) at the same time I started the "duet" picture, and as soon as I finished the first one, I started with the pen on this one, and was pretty happy with how it was starting to turn out when I left it on the diningroom table one day when I went to work, and the dog, who has outgrown eating kleenex out of the trash and chewing the fingers off gloves, still has a proclivity for watercolor paper (he didn't touch any of the other piles of paper on the table) and did a job on it.

Well, I found all the pieces (fortunately he didn't eat any of them, unlike the last time he took a drawing, and I never did find even a scrap of it) and taped them back together, and wasn't entirely displeased with how it looked, so I made a few addition tears for effect and worked on it some more.

But it was missing....something, so I put some watercolor on it, and then it looked....garish, so a couple days later I painted over that with a wash of ink which helped some, but still.....

Much pen-work later I'm declaring it done, though I'm not at all happy with it. It's better than it was after the dog first shredded it and after I put the water color on it, but still....

So that's this picture's journey.


  1. Beautiful, the colour wash really takes your ink work to a new level... so looks like we'll be seeing two entries from you this week, a journey on a bicycle.

  2. I love it. Nice drawing. Colors are great, exactly my cup of thee and the accompanied story is funny !

  3. Your work has a quality of potential happenings. I mean that I find myself taking a breath in anticipation of what might happen next. Really good work.

  4. Well, I like it. Sorry about the dog. That is maddening. Have you ever tried printmaking? Your work would make beautiful etchings.

  5. I already liked this image, but reading about its creation makes me like it even more :) I have dog prints through a painting I was working on, and blue paw prints became a permanent addition to the floor. Maybe our puppies just wanted to be in on the act of creation? I like that you worked with the remnants. Nice job!

  6. masterpiece! the colourwash and especially the lines of the torn paper add a fantastic effect.
    good teamwork ;-)

  7. Really interesting to hear about this picture's journey, i also really like the torn bits and the ink washes, i think it gives it real depth.

  8. wow it works really well, sometimes door shut and then open - so you have found a new technique? :)

    The outfits look medieval - which I like a lot!