Have been at the library for most of the day. Not quite as crazy as Wednesday, but still pretty mental. I was having one of those "oops, I seem to have left my brain at home" days, but it's now the weekend at last. Whoo-hoo! (Actually, not quite sure what I'm whoo-hooing about. Weekends don't exist for the self-employed.)
Anyway, have been working on some digitally coloured samples for Meadowside Mark. I'm not 100% happy with them, but I think they're heading in the right direction.
This one was my first attempt. Just basically drawn out in ink with a dip-pen, scanned and tidied in PhotoShop. A bit dull, quite frankly.
This is my second go. Nice fat lines made by dipping the handle of an old dip-pen into the ink. I also changed the colour of the line on this one to dark brown instead of black. Getting better.
This one is my favourite of the bunch. I like the mis-registering of the lines. Makes it much more exciting. Not sure if it's as "simple" as Mark's after, but it's very early days yet. I'm going to try a merger of the two ink techniques tomorrow. I need a finer line for details, ie whiskers, fur.
Now I'm verging on a nice line, I just need to work on a drawing style. Something much more streamlined than my usual stuff. Less detail. It's all in the eyes, I fear. Dots vs balls, *adopts Geordie Big Brother style accent* you decide. Literally back to the drawing board, then........
I've been looking at Linzie Hunter's recently re-vamped site today for digital inspiration. It's gorgeous. You can really see a progression in her work over the last 9-12 months. Check it out at www.linziehunter.co.uk
I'm big time jealous. ;-)
I feel a bit slack for not posting anything yesterday, but it was a completely art-free day. Had to do the squillion mile round-trip to the dentist for a lovely filling. It wasn't too bad, actually. I'm a pro at these things now; I don't think there's a single tooth in my mouth that isn't plugged full of metal somewhere. The dentist has got a new chair, though, and it's a bit scary. Rather than lying horizontally across the room as his old one did, this new one is so big it has to run vertically. It has loads of pipes and rubber tubes and it can think for itself! It knows exactly what height and angle to put you at. It was all a bit too much like being plugged into the Matrix for my liking. It still tastes of new rubber, too.