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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

WIP Book Cover #12 - Color

And here would be some of the process on the final (12 of 12) book cover for the Wind Dancer series.

The final drawing - on vellum, scanned and then printed out on 140# cold press Arches watercolor paper.

I started by laying in the miscellaneous ancillary color.

Part of the appeal of using morning glories is their luscious, vivid color...

So I painted in pretty intense pigment (which is quite a bit brighter than the photo suggests. Was too busy to scan). Too intense. Scary intense. Staining pigments used. Argh.

So - I tried scrubbing them back. As I said, staining pigments (Quinacradone Rose and Cyan) so not much came off. Tried light washes to even things out. Just. Not. Working. :-p

*sigh* So, I printed it out again and started over....

Tried a different pigment combination (Opera pink and French ultramarine) and used a much lighter touch...

Color/value balance still isn't working all the way but it is much easier to continue to layer and *add* than it is to scrub off... More layers to come...

These four covers are about 80% finished. I'm now trying to finish up the last 20% on all four concurrently. Hopefully by the end of this week! I have seriously underestimated how long these would take - but I did manage to cover *every*single*inch* of the paper with flowers that need to be painted on each of these covers.

And I continue to ask myself - What was I thinking...??

7 comments:

The Art of Kim Kincaid said...

I love your delicate rendering and line work, Tara.

Anonymous said...

What were you thinking?

You almost always under estimate how long it will take.

Did you get the lady's mantle planted?

How do I un do that Cotswold blog thing?

Elena

HR Mom said...

Wow! Wonderful! You have a great crafts. I like your designs.

Vickie said...

What ever you were thinking, it will be beautiful, it always is! I think the butterfly turned out quite nicely. I'm sure as you layer colors on, it will all come together.

clairesgarden said...

they are fabulous! love them and envy your talent!!

Eric Orchard said...

So beautiful. do you know Sulamuth Wolfing? She had a wonderful way of rendering as well. Also, very glad to see how this process works for you! Gives me some confidence.

ruthie said...

Tara, your patience astounds me. I do love to see the process you use in your work, always an inspiration. looking good x ruthie x